Oh, good grief. This is what you get when you have ignorant people talking about matters they know nothing about:
Should The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Have Run Up The Score Against Thailand?
Not only did they run it up to an absurd outcome (13-0), say critics, but they danced their way through it, celebrating after most goals. At what point is an opponent sufficiently beaten and even humiliated that mercy can be shown?
The answer is: Never, bro. This is Trump’s America now. The cruelty is the point.
Oh FFS, this has sweet fuck all to do with Trump, or “Trump’s America”. Here are the facts.
In professional football (okay, soccer) competitions, goal count matters — both for and against. If two teams are tied in terms of wins, losses and point totals (usually, three for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss), then the deciding factor is the goal difference between the total number of goals scored by the team and the goals scored against the team. All other things being equal, the team with the higher differential will go through into the next round, or (in the case of league tables) be named the champion. All teams know this, and there’s no “mercy” in professional soccer, no “running up the score” and certainly there’s no “cruelty” in scoring as many goals as you possibly can against your opponent.
And I’ll finish with this: assume that the U.S. team’s group results showed that (say) Germany won their matches 4-0, 5-0, 4-0, 3-2 and 3-0 (5×3=15 points, goal difference: 17), while the U.S. team won their matches 13-0, 2-1, 3-2, 2-1 and 2-1 (also 5×3=15 points, but goal difference: 18). In this scenario, had the U.S. not run up the score against Thailand, then Germany would win the group and go on to the next round.
Under these circumstances, not running up the score and failing to progress would probably cause the U.S. team’s manager/coach to be fired, and rightly so. As I said earlier: goals count in professional soccer.
This weepy-waily shit about cruelty and running up the score comes from the modern pussified culture where participation trophies are awarded, scores aren’t kept and the won-lost record isn’t tallied. In the real world, as with everything else, life is less forgiving.
As for the so-called reporter who wrote this silly article: ignore everything else he ever writes, because if he screws up something as easy as this, he’ll probably screw up something important.