The U.S. Women’s National Team’s 13-0 demolition of Thailand this week, brought forth no shortage of critics and haters. However, the USWNT has their fair share of supporters as well.
The latest to come to the USWNT’s defense, is Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.
Ertz, the husband of USWNT player Julie Ertz, passionately defended both the scoring and celebrations (many of which were viewed as being over-the-top and unnecessary by fans and analysts) while talking to reporters on Wednesday.
“The first tie-breaker in the World Cup in the group stage is goal differential. So, it would be a crime for them to take the foot off the gas and then finish second in the group because they took the foot off the gas.”
Ertz also cited the celebrations as a great way to build team chemistry.
Ertz is absolutely correct. The outrage around USA scoring 13 goals vs. Thailand is maybe the dumbest controversy of the year.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) June 12, 2019
Despite the backlash over the their celebrations, USWNT players have remained unapologetic.
“I think it’s disrespectful if we don’t show up and give our best and play our game for 90 minutes,” Alex Morgan told ESPN. “It’s disrespectful to the Thai team. And, I believe they wanted us to play them straight-up.”
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