The 2016 Summer Olympics are a time that USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo would probably like to erase from her mind. After all, she was in goal as the U.S. was shocked by Sweden on Friday in the quarterfinals, marking the first time the U.S. has failed to reach the semis in Olympic history.
According to Graham Hays of ESPN, Solo went off.
"I thought we played a courageous game. I thought we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down, I'm very proud of this team. And I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today, I strongly, firmly believe that," Solo said.
A bit harsh, no? Solo went on to say why, per Grant Wahl of SI.
"Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. They didn't want to pass the ball. They didn't want to play great soccer," Solo said. "It was a combative game, a physical game. Exactly what they wanted and exactly what their game plan was. They dropped into a 50. They didn't try and press. They didn't want to open the game. And they tried to counter with longballs. We had that style of play when Pia [Sundhage] was our coach. I don't think they're going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home."
It's been a rough couple weeks for Solo, and it looks like she finally blew her top with a comment like that. Sure, there is plenty of frustration there but to call out the other team is a bit much for doing what they could to win.
Solo, a sore loser, apparently. Later on Friday she told Wahl a bit more, adding that losing 'sucks' and that she is bad at it.
Just heard from Hope Solo. Here's what she had to say. pic.twitter.com/qnWgRirUjE— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 12, 2016