Hope Solo is probably regretting her cowards comments now 7 years ago

Hope Solo is probably regretting her cowards comments now

Hope Solo does not like to lose. It's an admirable trait but one she could often do with packing away once she crosses back over that white line.

The USA Women's goalkeeper let rip at Sweden, and their style of football, after her team was eliminated from the Rio Olympics on a shootout. She declared:


"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."

Those firm believes have now landed Solo a six-month ban from playing with her country. US Soccer president Sunil Gulati labelled her comments as "unacceptable". Solo will miss two national team games during the ban.


The 35-year-old took to Facebook upon learning of her ban. The words 'sorry' or 'apologize' [sic] do not appear in her post.

"I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven't made the best choices or said the right things. My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this team."

There is no mention of Solo stepping away from her international commitments.

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The Seattle Reign stopper won't be adding to her 202 national team caps until February 2017 at the earliest.

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