Following U.S. women's soccer team’s loss on Friday in Rio, Hope Solo said very tough words.
Team USA were eliminated from the Olympics by Sweden on penalty kicks following an Olympic quarterfinal game that ended in a 1-1 draw. And Hope Solo didn’t like that:
"We played a creative game. We had many opportunities on goal. We showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team."
“We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that.”
"Sweden dropped back. They didn't want to open play. They didn’t want to pass the ball around. They didn’t want to play great soccer, entertaining soccer. It was a combative game. A physical game. Exactly what they wanted. Exactly what their game plan was. We had that style of play when Pia was our coach. I think it was very cowardly. But they won, they’re moving on. And we’re going home."
Meanwhile, Swedish coach (who is former USWNT coach) Pia Sundhage had a stern reply to Hope Solo:
“According to Hope Solo, I think you should define what is a good team. Well, usually – especially with the Americans – a good team is when they’re winning.
“And they’re winning all the time. That’s the best team in the world. But for once they didn’t go the whole way through. We won the game. They played more attacking football than we did. We defend very well. And the fact that…it went to penalty kicks says something about our defending. U.S. played better in the attack, we played better in the defense. And at the end of the day we won the game and that’s what all counts.
“It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”