To say Hope Solo was upset following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 4-3 loss in a penalty shootout to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals would be an understatement.
The U.S. goalkeeper sounded off when asked about her thoughts on the game, saying that the defending gold medalists “played a bunch of cowards,”:
Solo also criticized Sweden’s game plan, claiming that “they didn’t want to play great soccer” or open up the play and that the U.S. utilized a similar system under Pia Sundhage, who now coaches the Swedes. However, the tactician did not seem irked by the shot-stopper’s comments.
Solo then backtracked slightly after her initial post-game remarks.
“I’ve won and lost a lot of games in my career,” Solo told Sports Illustrated. “And not all wins have been pretty. Sometimes it’s just finding a way to win that matters the most and tonight Sweden found a way to beat us.”
Solo’s comments didn’t seem to bother Sundhage, who had a stinging reply to Solo’s remarks:
— Linda Eriksson (@Wosozone_Linda) August 12, 2016
Someone who did take issue with Solo’s comments was former U.S. Women’s World Cup winner Julie Foudy, who called the comments “ridiculous and classless”.
USWNT legend Julie Foudy says Hope Solo’s comments were “ridiculous and classless.”
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 12, 2016
This is the first time the USWNT has both failed to reach the semifinals of a major tournament and has failed to medal at the Olympics.
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