It was bad enough when the U.S. soccer team, expected to cruise to the gold-medal match at the Summer Games, lost in the quarterfinals to Sweden . Then goalkeeper Hope Solo had to speak and prove she never learned about good sportsmanship.
We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that. They didn’t want to pass the ball around. They didn’t want to play great soccer. It was very cowardly. But they won. They’re moving on. And we’re going home.
For her actions, Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated.