Women's World Cup: Alex Morgan defends the United States celebration against Thailand
United States striker Alex Morgan said it was "disrespectful" not to score against Thailand in the 13-0 win at the Women's World Cup despite being criticized by experts and former players.
Morgan scored five goals as defending champion beat Thailand in their first group game in France.
It was the biggest win in a World Cup game.
"These are goals that we have dreamed of all our lives," Morgan told ESPN.
Morgan's comments came after former Canadian international Kaylyn Kyle a Canadian television program The celebrations of the US team were "disgraceful".
"As a Canadian, we would never think of doing that, it's disrespectful to me, it's shameful, hats off to Thailand because we held our heads up," Kyle said.
Thailand, who finished 34th in the world, lost 9-0 in their previous friendly against the USA in 2016 and only played for the second time in the final.
Kyle's comments triggered a debate in the social media and she later announced that she received death threats after criticizing the three-time world champion.
"Anyone can voice his opinion on my thoughts, but please do not let the death threats! I'm a big girl and love a debate, but in this crazy world there's no reason for that," she wrote on Instagram.
Morgan. who set up a record five times goalscorer Michelle Akers said she was "glad to have ignored the comments".
"I find it disrespectful if we do not show up and do our best and play our game for 90 minutes," Morgan added. "It is disrespectful to the Thai team and I think they wanted us to play them directly."
"I will celebrate Mal Pugh's goal, I will be celebrating Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, this is their first World Cup and I'm so proud of them, it's incredible for all of us."
Some people in social media also criticized the celebrations and created a hashtag "UglyAmericans".
There was also support from former US international Abby Wambach.
United States captain Megan Rapinoe said her team was overjoyed to set the record, but insisted on respecting their opponents.
"We always want a world record and everything we can bring about the Germans, we take," said Rapinoe. "Of course we have the greatest respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup."
Rapinoe, who celebrated her team's ninth goal by sliding to the ground before leaping into the arms of her teammate, told Fox Sports she "partially" understood the criticism.
"If someone wants to join our team because he is not doing the right thing, is not playing well and is not the right ambassador for the sport, he can come to us," she said.
"I think our only crime was an explosion of joy, and if our crime is joyful, we'll take it."