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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team was more subdued in its celebrations during a 3-0 victory over Chile on Sunday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

After taking heat for what many viewed as over-the-top celebrations during a 13-0 rout of Thailand in the first game of the tournament, the women mocked their critics by taking a different approach.

Instead of leaping group hugs, they celebrated with golf claps.

Team USA’s Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the game Sunday about 11 minutes in, and after hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she quietly applauded as if she were in the crowd at the U.S. Open.

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It was definitely intended to send a message.

Was the criticism of the women's celebrations warranted?

“We decided to do something different today,” Horan told ESPN after the match.

“Handshakes were part of it,” she said. “Golf clap was part of it.”

Lloyd’s teammates on the sidelines responded in kind.

“I can’t take credit for it. I’m not sure if Lindsey is taking credit for it,” Lloyd said after a 3-0 win, ESPN reported. “She had told me if we score, that’s what we’re going to do, so I just went along with it after I did my little celebration. But it was fun. I think it made a statement on the sideline there. It was cool.”

The display didn’t go over well with some observers.

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Julie Ertz, the wife of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, scored the second goal on a spectacular header off a corner kick.

Zach Ertz definitely enjoyed it.

Lloyd scored again to make it 3-0 on a header off a corner kick. This time, she opted for the more typical celebration.

The U.S. advanced to the next round, taking on Sweden on Thursday in the Group F finals. Sweden and the U.S. are both 2-0, but Team USA owns the tiebreaker thanks to its goal differential from the 13-0 win over Thailand.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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