Women's World Cup semifinal: Alex Morgan explains teacup celebration

Morgan ran with her teammates and then came to a complete stop as she pretended to take a sip of tea with her pinkie up after scoring.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring for USA against England in the semifinal of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday.   -  Reuters

U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan got creative with her goal celebration after she netted USA's second goal of Tuesday's semifinal against England. 

After scoring to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, she ran with her teammates and then came to a complete stop as she pretended to take a sip of tea with her pinkie up. She appeared to be trolling her opponents, who are known for drinking the beverage.

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“I wanted to keep it interesting. I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebrations," Morgan told reporters after the game. "I had to step up this game. I felt this team has had so much thrown at them and we didn’t take the easy route to the final this tournament."

 

"It was just a little, you know, pinkies up."

Asked if the drinking of tea was a reference to USA's opponents, Morgan, who celebrated her 30th birthday in style, replied: "I didn't say it, you guys did!"

The celebration caught the attention of many as fans, including former First Lady of the United States - Hilary Clinton, reacted on Twitter.



The U.S. will now advance to the finals Sunday and face the winner of Wednesday's semifinal game between Sweden and the Netherlands. England will face the loser in the third-place game.