Hope Solo Lashes Out at Sweden 'Cowards' After Shocking Olympic Loss
U.S. women's soccer's most high profile hot head is again making headlines after making what some believe was an unsportsmanlike response to her team's devastating loss on Friday.
The dominant team for four consecutive Olympic games, Hope Solo and the rest of the women's soccer superstars will leave Rio with no medal after losing out to Sweden, which won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Friday.
"I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I'm very proud of this team," said Solo, considered one of the best goalkeepers ever in the women's game. "I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that," Solo, the team's talented but controversial goalkeeper, fumed after the loss.
Sweden's coach Pia Sundhage coached the U.S. for five years and led Solo and her team to gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics.
Sundhage's response: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."
Just heard from Hope Solo. Here's what she had to say. pic.twitter.com/qnWgRirUjE— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 12, 2016
Solo's personal life has, at times, overshadowed her prowess as a goalkeeper.
Leading up to the 2015 Women's World Cup, Solo and her husband took a ride in the team van during a training camp. Solo's husband pleaded no contest to driving the van while intoxicated.
The year before, Solo made headlines after she was arrested and charged with domestic abuse stemming from an incident involving her nephew and half-sister. The charge was dismissed.
More recently, as she and her team prepared for what they hoped would be a fifth U.S. women's soccer gold, Solo won the ire of Brazilians after posting a photo of herself wearing a beekeeper's mask and holding a bottle of insect repellant in reference to the nation's struggle with the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
On Friday as critcism of the athlete swelled once again, Solo took to Twitter to clarify that she was in the heat of the moment when she called the Swedish team "cowards."
"Losing sucks. I'm really bad at it," she wrote.