Hope Solo has made herself a high profile player in recent weeks during the Olympic Games. From the Zika controversy, to missing a savable shot through her legs, Solo’s 2016 Olympic Experience has been filled with highs and numerous lows.
Her most recent controversy came after the United States’ defeat to the hands of the Swedish national team in penalties. Solo criticized the Swedes’ defensive-minded style of play, calling them “cowards” while boasting that the U.S had been the better team. And, as was expected, her comments were met with a lot of criticism. So much so, even Solo’s own teammates did not appreciate what their star goalkeeper said.
“We’ve been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously,” said Megan Rapinoe to NBC. “That is not our team. That’s not what this team has always been. That’s not what this team will be in the future.”
It remains unsure what was more surprising: the USWNT’s defeat or what Solo had to say. She went on to even predict that the Swedish team were “going to make it very far in the tournament.” Well, Sweden is set to play Germany in the gold medal match tonight at 4:30 eastern time.
Rapinoe’s comments came a day after star striker Alex Morgan had something to say about their performance against Sweden.
“[Sweden] played their cards right,” Morgan said. “They did the exact same thing with Brazil. They’re in the final, so you can’t really doubt their strategy now.” But when asked about Solo’s comments directly, Morgan refrained from being critical toward her teammate. “I saw her comments but I feel like those are opinions I don’t share,” she said.
Following their victory in penalty kicks against the United States, Sweden implemented the same tactics against host nation Brazil. Their 4-5-1 formation allows Sweden to stack up the back end to limit as many offensive opportunities as possible, while relying on the counter-attack for their own source of offense.
President of U.S Soccer, Sunil Gulati, said Solo spoke “highly” inappropriately. Solo has yet to apologize for the comments.
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