As someone who loves soccer and played it into my mid-50s (until health issues forced me to stop), I was embarrassed by the display yesterday.
The coach could have limited the scoring and at the same time have had the players work on something meaningful that could be of help going forward such as: after the score reached a certain point, the only shots on goal would come from a) 20 yards or longer, or b) head balls on crosses. I have known coaches in high school blowouts to proceed in this manner.
And that way at least the team could have worked on some important skills in game situations that will be presented against tougher opponents. And, if the US had scored on those types of attempts, then I would have had no problem with additional goals.
Finally, I never got overly excited scoring against a team that was so obviously inferior. And I don’t believe my reaction would have been any different if I had played in a World Cup and I scored with my team already up by 9-0 or 10-0.
My former high school coach, who emphasized winning with sportsmanship and integrity, is in three different soccer Halls of Fame and, if he were alive to see this, I know what his reaction would have been.