Morning sports update: Former England players were not happy with Alex Morgan’s tea celebration

"You can celebrate however you want, but that for me is a bit distasteful."

Alex Morgan celebrates her goal against England by sipping an invisible cup of tea.

The Red Sox got back to winning ways with a 10-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night. Rafael Devers homered twice to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Earlier in the day, the United States women’s national team defeated England 2-1 to reach its third consecutive World Cup final. The U.S. will face the winner of today’s other semifinal (Netherlands vs. Sweden) on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Reactions to Alex Morgan’s tea sip celebration: On her 30th birthday, U.S. forward Alex Morgan scored to give the United States women’s national team the lead in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday. Morgan celebrated by sipping an imaginary cup of tea.


Morgan explained afterward that it was a reference to the team’s ability so far to overcome adversity in attempting to repeat as World Cup champions.

“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.”

American fans also referenced it in terms of the Boston Tea Party, especially in the context of playing England. Newspapers like the New York Post referenced it in headlines:


On the other side, two former England players took issue with the celebration.

Lianne Sanderson, who played for England in the 2015 World Cup, voiced her disapproval on beIN Sports.

“Tonight I expected Alex to grab a goal, but I’m not that happy with that celebration,” said Sanderson. You can celebrate however you want, but that for me is a bit distasteful.”

“She can celebrate however she wants,” Sanderson continued, “and I’m a big believer in the Americans and how they celebrate, but for me this was a little bit disrespectful.”

Another former England player, Faye White, explained her immediate reaction to seeing Morgan’s celebration.


“I wish I was on the pitch to [have] put in a tackle,” said White.

Morgan and the U.S. team had come under criticism from British tabloids in the buildup to the game for a perceived arrogance:

Yet the U.S. held on to win the game, with Morgan’s goal proving the difference. Afterward, she tweeted thanking the fans, and giving a final reference to her tea:

Trivia: The United States women’s national team will play in its third straight World Cup final on Sunday. Only two other teams have ever done this before (both of which happened in the men’s tournament). Can you name the two nations and the years in which they did it?


(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Both have occurred in the last 40 years. One of the nations has since undergone a shortening of its name.

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On this day: In 1968, then-Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant struck out 19 in a masterful 10-inning performance to help his team beat the Twins in extra innings, 1-0. Tiant would then be traded to the Twins in 1969, before eventually winding up in Boston in 1971. He became a Red Sox legend, winning 122 games in eight seasons with his trademark facial hair, eccentric windup, and clutch performances.

And at the U.S. hosted World Cup in 1994, Romania pulled one of the great upsets in the tournament’s history by defeating Argentina 3-2 in the round of 16.

The Argentines at that point were in the midst of a dominant run. From 1978-1990, Argentina reached three out of four World Cup finals, winning two of them. They were also two-time defending Copa America champions.


Since that loss to Romania, Argentina — despite being field a team that has included Lionel Messi for the last 15 years, as well as numerous other world class players — has not won a major tournament. This trend continued on Tuesday night, as Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the Copa American semifinal, 2-0.

Daily highlight: Who else would it be but New England native Alyssa Naeher, who saved a penalty kick to preserve the United States’ 2-1 lead in the second half against England in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday. It was a glorious moment for a goalkeeper who has faced scrutiny throughout the tournament.

Trivia answer: Brazil (1994-2002), and West Germany (1982-1990).