The US national football team started its campaign with a bang when they scored 13 goals against Thailand in the Women's World Cup, while conceding 0.
This turned out to be the highest margin of win in a World Cup match - for both men and women.
It was football at its absolute best and so it came as a surprise when people started criticising US for being 'too ruthless'. Basically, the argument being. 'why did they keep scoring when they knew they winning?' Which is an idiotic thing to say (barring the celebration bit, in my opinion) but moving on.
Incredible how the US women's national football team was poised to dominate the tournament by each pundit and when they live up to the hype by *gasp* dominating they get criticised. The double standard of these pundits is ridiculous pic.twitter.com/d646mskhPj— Bob Cordoves (@BobCordoves) June 13, 2019
Showing the sports(wo)manship they were said to be lacking, the highest scorer for US - Alex Morgan - hugged Thailand's Miranda Nild after the match and comforted her as she started crying.
Even at the post-match press conference, she appreciated Miranda who has studied at the University of California-Berkeley like her.
I just met her in the hallway, so it's already friendly. I introduced myself to her. I was the proactive one, so I already have the edge on that. I'm really excited to see some fellow Cal Bears. For Miranda, it's just such a great opportunity. She's a player that's shown really well with the Thai team.
Alex scored 5 goals during the match but seeing her opponent sad like that, she kept aside celebrations for a bit and took it upon herself to talk to her.
The video of this is now going viral and for all the right reasons.
Glad to see the two #Cal alum, Alex Morgan #USA and Miranda Nild #THA exchange embraces at the end of this #WWC2019 group match. Morgan and her record tying 5 goals helped USA to a 13-0 win. #USATHA #GoBears pic.twitter.com/pR5uLnBUsu— Ruey Yen (@YRueyYen) June 11, 2019
Alex Morgan comforts Thailand's Miranda_Nild pic.twitter.com/NZfjjNCfEc— films411.info_bee (@exallday) June 12, 2019
So Miranda Nild - Alex Morgan jersey swap please.— Nikita T. (@kryptobanana) June 11, 2019
Ain't nobody talking about Alex Morgan comforting American born but also Thai national Miranda Nild after the game. SPORTSMANSHIP. It's the biggest stage ever, play your goddamn hearts out. pic.twitter.com/1ykzbftW4X— Cynthia Vance (@cynthiavance) June 13, 2019