NO CLASS: U.S. Soccer Star Slammed For Disgraceful Tea Celebration
As an American, you want to cheer for any American team — even if the sport is soccer.
But this women’s World Cup team from America is making that more difficult every day.
After scoring the second goal in the World Cup for a 2-1 win over England on Tuesday, player Alex Morgan celebrated by pretending to drink a cup of tea, hoisting a pinkie in the air.
That poor sportsmanship didn’t go over well with a former England player.
“I expected Alex to grab a goal but I’m not that happy with that celebration,” said Lianne Sanderson. “You can celebrate how you want, but for me that is a bit distasteful, and I don’t think she needs to do that.”
“For me, I could be wrong, but it’s based upon playing against England,” said Sanderson, who played for England team that came in third in 2015. “We love our tea in England. I’m not a tea drinker, but that’s what we’re connected with, so I think it’s a little bit distasteful.”
Morgan said after the game that her gesture was “a reference to the team’s ability so far to overcome adversity in attempting to repeat as World Cup champions,” Boston.com reported.
“I feel like we didn’t take an easy route through this tournament and ‘that’s the tea,’” Morgan told The Guardian. The saying “that’s the tea” is often used in a discussion of gossip.
“I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration,” Morgan said. “I had to try and step up this game.”
Faye White, another former England player, had a more visceral reaction to the petty U.S. gesture. “I wish I was on the pitch to [have] put in a tackle,” she said.
The U.S. women’s team was bashed for their opening 13-0 win over Thailand, in which they celebrated joyously after each and every goal. Star player Megan Rapinoe, who sat out Tuesday’s game, was also ripped for saying if the team wins, she’s “not going to the f**king White House.”
United States manager Jill Ellis claims the team is not arrogant.
“It’s important that our team has confidence, I don’t think in any way this is an arrogant team. I think this team knows they’ve got to earn everything, that we’ve got tough opponents still ahead of us and we have to earn every right to advance in this tournament,” she said.
Before Sunday’s final, maybe the team can learn how to win gracefully.