And I also think we played a bunch of cowards.
“I was really optimistic”.
Star striker Alex Morgan and substitute Christen Press missed penalties before Lisa Dahlkvist converted the winning spot-kick despite Solo’s best efforts to put her off by changing gloves to delay Dahlkvist’s effort. “But it just wasn’t our day”.
Next up for Brazil is a rematch with Sweden, who they beat 5-1 in the group stages, in Rio’s iconic Maracana on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 120 minutes of high drama in front of a near capacity 60,000 crowd in Belo Horizonte produced no goals between Brazil and Australia. It is not unusual for goalkeepers to manage longer careers than field players, but Briana Scurry lost her job to Solo when she was 34.
Solo, who has faced domestic violence charges, was also kicked off the team at the 2007 World Cup after publicly criticising the decision to replace her for the semi-final defeat to Brazil.
After praising her teammates for tying the game in the 75th minute, saying it “showed a lot of heart”, she ripped into the Swedes, saying they had played like “a bunch of cowards”.
She is one of the most recognizable faces of this United States team, which is the reigning World Cup champion and had won gold the previous three Olympic tournaments.
Hope Solo, two-time Olympic gold medalist and world cup victor, was frustrated and did not hold back what she had to say after the game whatsoever. “It’s the best way when you have to shift a gear because in high school we have games Tuesdays and Thursdays so if we lose on a Tuesday, you have to get them over that and focused on the next game whereas if you have a few days in between it’s a little more hard”. “They always win and I heard it was likely that they were going to, and [WM coach Denny] Snyder said it would be a good game and that they should come out on top”.
Solo’s gripe was that Sweden, under the guidance of Pia Sundhage, had sat back for much of the game, content to let the Americans push the action.
The Americans continued to dominate play, but again their chances went begging, Lloyd with two more shots that missed.
But Sweden coach Pia Sundhage – who coached the USA team to gold medals in Beijing and London and had a testy relationship with Solo – summed up the controversy best.
Later, Solo went to Twitter with a mea culpa of sorts: “Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it”.
It was the first Olympic women’s match ever to go to penalties.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and the USA men’s basketball team survived its second straight strong challenge in the Rio Games, edging Serbia 94-91. A Swedish player was down on the pitch at the time, but the USA pressed forward and got the equalizer.
“It’s OK to be a coward if you win”. “Just playing against the US on paper you think, ‘Oh my God, this is going to demand something special from me, ‘” Lindahl said. A physical game. Exactly what they wanted.
The Americans won their first two games, but tied Colombia, 2-2, when Solo gave up a goal on a shot she would stop, more often than not. “No, that’s their choice”. Often called the “female Neymar”, the 30-year-old has won five FIFA Player of the Year awards.
The Americans (4-0) had been scoring at a record pace, topping 100 points in each of their first three contests – the first time a team’s done that at the Olympics.