USWNT triggers Aussie football fans by calling Melbourne ‘Melby’ ahead of crucial World Cup clash: ‘Any Australian who was supporting you is now hoping Sweden win’
- Tweet from USWNT baffled many football fans
- Bizarrely referred to Melbourne as ‘Melby’
- USWNT play Sweden in round of 16 on Sunday
- Team USA have been underwhelming in World Cup
The already polarising Team USA have further triggered scores of Australian football fans after inexplicably labelling Melbourne ‘Melby’ ahead of their round of 16 World Cup clash against Sweden on Sunday.
Fortunate to still be in the tournament following a 0-0 draw with Portugal in the group stages, a tweet from their official account on Friday night sent supporters into meltdown.
‘Under the lights in Melby’, the tweet read, accompanied with a image of Vlatko Andonovski’s team on the training paddock.
It didn’t long for fans of the world game – especially those based in Melbourne – to criticise the horrible new nickname.
‘Melbun, Melbs, Melbin but never Melby,’ one tweeted in reply, with another stating: ‘No! Our wonderful city has NEVER ever been called Melby. Many neutral supporters may well now jump on Sweden’s bandwagon as a result and you only have yourself to blame.’
The already polarising Team USA have triggered scores of Australian football fans after inexplicably labelling Melbourne ‘Melby’ on Twitter
The USWNT are also fortunate to still be in the tournament following a 0-0 draw with Portugal in the group stages (pictured left, is Sophia Smith)
Even A-League side Melbourne Victory weighed into the chat online, tweeting ‘excuse me.’
AAP journalist Anna Harrington wrote: ‘Melby?! Sweden should go through on default.’
The exploits of US players in New Zealand and now Australia have courted plenty of controversy in recent weeks.
Be it remaining silent during the national anthem or the embarrassing carry-on involving dancing on the field following the draw with Portugal, they are quickly becoming the team everyone loves to hate.
US TV identity Megyn Kelly went a step further, labelling the squad ‘morons’ for their lack of patriotism before singling out veteran midfielder Megan Rapinoe.
US TV identity Megyn Kelly labelled the squad ‘morons’ for their lack of patriotism before singling out veteran midfielder Megan Rapinoe (pictured)
Kelly believes Rapinoe, 38, has ‘poisoned’ the USWNT, with the host saying she hopes Sweden beat them in the round of 16.
‘Megan Rapinoe, she’s the leader of all this… She’s not a starter. So that’s why she’s not on camera when they’re doing the national anthem, but she’s behind a lot of this,’ she said while hosting the Megyn Kelly Show.
‘She’s poisoned the entire team against the country for which they play. I don’t know about you, but I’m not rooting for them. I’m not with them.
‘I hope they lose…It’s shameful. These girls are shameful. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.’
Kick-off on Sunday in ‘Melby’ is 7pm.