U.S Women’s Soccer player and goalkeeper Hope Solo called members of Sweden team a bunch of “cowards,” following their elimination the Rio Olympics.
“I also think we played a bunch of cowards,” she told ESPN. “But, you know, the best team did not win today; I strongly, firmly believe that. I think you saw America’s heart.”
The 35-year-old soccer player revealed after their elimination in the women’s soccer tournament that their team “showed a lot of heart” and that they had many opportunities for the goal.
She added, “You saw us give everything that we had today. Unfortunately the better team didn’t win.”
However, senior playmate Megan Rapinoe was not impressed on how Hope Solo attacked their Swedish opponent, saying she was disappointed by the goalkeeper’s words, The Guardian said.
“Let’s inspire, let’s be badass, let’s be fierce, let’s be competitive,” she said. “But we’re gracious and we’re humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose.”
“I saw her comments, but I feel like those are opinions I don’t share,” the athlete said.
Responding to the backlash of her words, Hope Solo took to Twitter to address the criticisms.
She said, “Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it.”
The U.S Women’s Soccer team departed early from the Rio Olympics after Sweden beat them on a 4-3 penalty kicks. It was followed by a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinal match but Sweden’s defense play kept Team USA on scoring.
Sweden’s coach Pia Sundhage was a former coach of Team USA.
Hope Solo angered Pia’s tactics, saying that it was “very cowardly” and that she does not believe the Sweden team will not make it in the final tournament.