The U.S. Women's soccer team earned a slot in the World Cup finals on Tuesday, but it was a celebratory gesture by player Alex Morgan that caught attention on social media.
Morgan celebrated a goal against England by acting as if she were sipping tea with one pinky extended, in mockery of the English tradition.
The trolling gesture became ubiquitous on social media.
No. 13 on her birthday. In honor of those 13 colonies. That’s. The. Tea 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Go on, @alexmorgan13, what a birth… https://t.co/XnGRBotbwW— U.S. Soccer WNT (@U.S. Soccer WNT) 1562101424.0
Even from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:
Congrats to the #USWNT for earning that tea. On to the final! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/nI8HoMjN1D— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) 1562100916.0
The goal from Morgan gave the U.S. a 2 to 1 lead over England, which was the final score at the end of the match.
Some Britons, like commentator Piers Morgan, were offended by the gesture.
Come on @Lionesses - make these cocky yanks choke on it. https://t.co/lOybEhNRGT— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1562097730.0
"Come on @Lionesses," he tweeted the English soccer team, "make these cocky yanks choke on it."
Sports analyst Lianne Sanderson called the celebration, "a little distasteful."
The U.S. Women's team will play in the World Cup finals on Sunday against the winner of the semi-finals match between Sweden and the Netherlands on Wednesday. They will be defending their championship title from their victory over Japan in 2015.
Here's the video of Morgan's goal and celebration:
USWNT's Alex Morgan scores, sips birthday tea vs. England | 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup™ Highlights www.youtube.com