What They're Saying: Clare Rustad

"This was disgraceful from the United States. I hope they could have won with some humility and grace. But celebrating goals 8, 9, 10 like they did was really unnecessary."

-- Former Canadian international Clare Rustad, a studio analyst on Canadian network TSN's Women's World Cup coverage, on the USA's celebrations that followed each goal in its record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand in their Women's World Cup opener. (TSN)
8 comments about "What They're Saying: Clare Rustad".
  1. Wallace Wade, June 12, 2019 at 6:47 a.m.

    I didn’t have a problem with a rout in a “World Cup” match. I do however have a problem with the Women’s team playing, and representing the country and Federation at the sametime suing the Fed. If they truly want equality and want to get their issues taken seriously, they should have flown to the tournament and then refused to play. I bet the Federation would have taken everything a little bit more seriously if that would have happened!

  2. :: SilverRey :: replied, June 13, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    Counterpoint - act like adults and work it out without having to boycott the world cup.

  3. Seth Vieux, June 12, 2019 at 12:57 p.m.

    Thailand hasn't minded bullying other SE Asian teams in the past. Other article said they'd won like 5 or 6 10+ GD games in the last decade. Would be nice if USWNT could have run more than 3 subs out. They already started without Sauerbrun, which was a solid move by JE to preserve her legs for the long haul.

  4. Robert Maynes, June 12, 2019 at 2:29 p.m.

    For me these kinds of comments are silly. This is the World Cup. This is not high school or college or even a top level pro league. This is about winning the game you are in and building to the next on the game's biggest stage.  Who could possibly expect young Mallory Pugh in her first World Cup game to not celebrate her first World Cup goal and be joined by her happy team mates? Why would Alex Morgan not celebrate her goals on the way to a World Cup record as she proved she still has it. Why would Carli Loyld not celebrate after scoring in her 5th straight World Cup game and why would her teammates not rejoice after clearly trying to give her opportunities? Scoring as many goals as possible is the objective and expecting anything less than celebration of World Cup goals is just unrealistic. A World Cup coach cannot tell her team to play soft. 

  5. Rita Hewko replied, June 12, 2019 at 3:29 p.m.

    Well said.

  6. Peggy Matis, June 12, 2019 at 9:15 p.m.

    Go USA, play your game!  

  7. Ric Fonseca, June 12, 2019 at 10:09 p.m.

    Indeed, as someone else said in another comment, this isn't ayso play, and there is no mercy rule.  I too, felt for the Ladies from Thailand, however, they too had to beat some other teams to get to France, and since I do not even know which countries they had to beat, I cannot completely say that they "didn't bring their game" with them. Now let's hope the US Ladies don't get a big head and their coach brings them down to earth before another country does it - and then we'll be cyring over spilt milk!!!

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, June 16, 2019 at 9:03 a.m.

    Ellis was asked about it in the second question at the Chile pre-match press conference. Her answer is priceless. 

    The entire press conference is well worth watching. Ellis is frank and articulate about her role at the finals.

    Some of us including myself have been disappointed in that the US has not progressed beyond the  physical style of play that has been successful for the US WNT for decades, but the press conference makes clear that successfully managing a team at that level of competition is so much more than picking a game plan. I am pleased to see that at least on the US WNT, soccer is still a players' game. Jill's focus is on the players, and I have no doubt that no one in the world is better at managing the players. 

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