The United States Women’s National team trounced Thailand 13-0 in its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup opener on Tuesday, causing many to question the sportsmanship of the U.S. for running up the score.
Pittsford native Abby Wambach, the leading goal scorer in U.S. women’s soccer history with 184, quickly came to the defense of the U.S. on Twitter.
Alex Morgan, Wambach’s former teammate, led the way for the U.S. with five goals.
Wambach, who played in four World Cups before retiring in 2015, defended Morgan, calling her last two goals “world class prep touches.” Wambach was not as kind to FIFA, calling on soccer’s governing body to do more to help developing countries like Thailand. She also called out fans who criticized the USWNT players, saying they would not do the same thing during a men’s game.
The U.S. plays Chile in its second Group state match at noon on Sunday.
Wambach, who scored 14 goals in World Cup play, scored a career-best five goals against Ireland in a 5-0 win on Oct. 23, 2004.
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