Alex Morgan sets a scoring record and shakes World Cup

Alex Morgan of the USA scores her team's fifth goal

Alex Morgan of the USA scores her team's fifth goal

And as one of three captains, she has held a leadership position on a top-ranked team seeking to win a fourth world title in eight attempts.

The ex-U.S. women's national team and Seattle Reign shot-stopper is now serving as a pundit for the BBC for the Women's World Cup coverage this summer, and her blunt honesty and candour has been making recent headlines.

American star Alex Morgan grabbed five goals while Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in the Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000.

Kyle was one of three Canadians appearing as pundits on TSN to have blasted the defending world champions. "And I believe they wanted us to play them straight up". "Hats off to Thailand for holding their heads high, their first time on a World Cup stage, I'd love to just be there to hug them all".

"Personally I think if you're putting in as much work as you put in to get to a World Cup - and for a lot of those players that was their first World Cup goals - by all means celebrate", she said. "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful", she said on air.

Nonetheless, "she had in her mind she was going to score some good goals", defender Julie Ertz said after Tuesday's match.

"Alex is ready to take on a World Cup and really deliver", Wambach said before the tournament started. "Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100% but please leave the death threats!" But she had no issue with what happened.

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Former Canadian global player Kaylyn Kyle, working as an analyst for Canada's TSN at the tournament, was unwavering in her criticism of the US. "The United States knows how to find a way to win in spite of who the coach is". In a column Wednesday in The Guardian, Solo wrote it was "tough for me to watch some of the usa goal celebrations ... considering the scoreline". Alex Morgan's five goals tied her with fellow American Michelle Akers for most goals in a single World Cup match. Critics jumped on the US for running up the score and celebrating late goals when the game had already been decided.

GROUPS-There are six groups of four teams in the Women's World Cup. I've also been known to catch the game at my desk while the rest of the office thinks I am passionately working on a spreadsheet.

"For the celebrations - these are goals that we have dreamt of our entire life", Morgan said.

Was the US really doing too much, though? "And to play one of the best teams in the world, like the US, this is also our success", Srathongvian said.

"I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!" Imagine it being you out there. The US took no prisoners but this is the World Cup, why should they? "Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?" she tweeted.

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour also had no time for the critics.

"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline? Go join the 6-year-olds in the park", she wrote.

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