"A lot of this is about building momentum, so I don't find it my job to go and rein them in".
And she said: "I sit here and go 'if this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, do we get the same questions?'"
With goal differential a tiebreaker in the group stage, the USA was incentivized to score as many goals as it could, but the way the team reacted to several goals late in the match has come under fire.
"I respect Thailand, I spoke to some of them afterwards and they should keep their heads up". She also included a clarification of her comments.
But the Americans´ wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyone´s taste.
U.S striker Alex Morgan, who scored five goals in the game, was asked about her team's celebrations in the post-match press conference. Respect to Thailand's keeper, Sukanya Chor Charoenying, who managed to not walk off the field or sink into the pitch as the U.S. women kept coming at her one after the other after the other.
Alex Morgan starred with five goals in the Group F opener in Reims, in Champagne country, as the United States of America pulverised a Thailand side playing at just their second World Cup. Imagine it being you out there.
It is certainly ominous for the other World Cup winning hopefuls, a statement of intent, in the same way a parading of military hardware is created to unnerve a hostile foe thinking of challenging USA interests.
"This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point".
"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline?"
Former U.S. worldwide Taylor Twellman, now a TV analyst, hit out at the players for their celebrations against beleaguered opponents. No doubt, we're going to stay humble and we go back to work.
Horan smashed in the third in the 32nd minute, but the floodgates really opened in the second half as Ellis's side scored four times in six minutes shortly after the restart. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote.