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U.S. veteran defends goal celebrations against Thailand

By Rachel Joyner

 

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Jun 14, 2019; Paris, FRA; United States forward Carli Lloyd answers questions during a Team USA press conference in the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 at Hotel Melia La Defense. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Veteran U.S. forward Carli Lloyd defended her World Cup team mates on Friday after widespread criticism of their exuberant goal celebrations during the 13-0 trouncing of Thailand.

 

Lloyd herself earned some credit for consoling luckless Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying and accompanying her off the field after the record-smashing match in Reims on Tuesday.

 

"This team is full of players who want to battle it out, to go full throttle," Lloyd said on Friday. "But we are human ... You've got to feel for a goalkeeper letting in 13 goals. If you don't, then I don't think you have much of a heart."

 

A three-time Olympian and scorer of critical goals that helped the United States win the World Cup in 2015, Lloyd scored the thirteenth goal of the night against Thailand.

 

Afterwards, some spectators and former players chided the U.S. team for being disrespectful, particularly as some of the celebrations looked choreographed.

 

Some of the Thai players left the pitch in tears.

 

"It's no disrespect to our opponent or who we're playing," Lloyd told a news conference in Paris.

 

"I understand, and I get my teammates, and support them."

 

After the game, Thai goalie Chor Charoenying thanked Lloyd for her compassion at the end. "Your words that you told me make me strong," she said on Twitter.

 

Lloyd tweeted back: "All you can do is give it your best each and every day. Keep fighting and never give up!!"

 

But that positive exchange has not quelled debate.

 

Former U.S. goalkeeping star Hope Solo was full of praise for the Americans' performance, but said she found it "tough" to watch some of their celebrations given the scoreline.

 

"You do want the game to be celebrated and you do want to see players having fun but at the same time I thought some of the celebrations were a little overboard," she wrote in a column for the Guardian newspaper. "We haven’t won the World Cup yet."

 

Lloyd said her exchange with Chor Charoenying highlighted the importance of good sportsmanship at the World Cup.

"I think that's what the sport is all about," she said.

 

"In wins and losses, you know, I think character is a true element in the sport."

 

(Reporting by Rachel Joyner; Editing by Luke Baker and Andrew Cawthorne)

 

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Typical Thai fashion to find excuses. You were no good on the day! You lost Thailand its that Simple. Be professional. The other team were a much better side. Accept your defeat plus lose of face. If you can't accept defeat, then don't take part in competitions!

 

 

 

 

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Just now, hansnl said:

Has nothing to do with vulnerability of the Thai, it has to do with decency, not knowing when to stop, rudeness.

There is a big difference between losing face and murdering face.

Of course it is an alien idea to Americans, diplomacy.

This "win" of the US football team might just have cost the US quite a lot of Goodwill...........

 

Football knowledge?  Ties broken by total goals and that Thai team beat Cambodia 11 to 0 so it was karma that America also beat them by a large score.  The anti Americans will be anti American regardless so might as well rack up the goals.  

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1 hour ago, Thingamabob said:

Ugly Americans. Appalling behaviour. 

Really?  I fail to see how being happy about beating another team, in a fair manner, represents any nationality displaying "ugly" or "Appalling behaviour".   

I presume You were never selected to be on a team?  Hence your negative attitude towards a winning team. 

When European teams get into fist fights, burn their towns, and create general mayhem just because their favourite football team lost a match, do you also apply your four-word standard to them? 

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Absolutely nothing wrong in celebrating scoring goals. 

If you score 13 then celebrate 13 times.

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1 hour ago, Sonhia said:

Typical Thai fashion to find excuses. You were no good on the day! You lost Thailand its that Simple. Be professional. The other team were a much better side. Accept your defeat plus lose of face. If you can't accept defeat, then don't take part in competitions!

 

 

 

 

Exactly! 

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51 minutes ago, hansnl said:

Has nothing to do with vulnerability of the Thai, it has to do with decency, not knowing when to stop, rudeness.

There is a big difference between losing face and murdering face.

Of course it is an alien idea to Americans, diplomacy.

This "win" of the US football team might just have cost the US quite a lot of Goodwill...........

 

Screw that! The better team won the game.  Reverse the outcome, and no one would have empathy for the American team .

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I think it showed a complete lack of dignity but then again it's not a trait the Americans are known for.

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