Hope Solo On Sweden Loss: 'We Played A Bunch Of Cowards'

| by Michael Allen
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U.S. women's soccer team goalie Hope Solo had some harsh words after giving up the winning goal to Sweden at the Rio Olympics on Aug 12.

The teams were tied 1-1 during regulation time, but Sweden's Lisa Dahlkvist put the U.S. under when she scored on Solo during a penalty shootout, according to USA TODAY.

Grant Wahl, a writer for Sports Illustrated, tweeted Solo's remarks following the loss:

I thought that we played a courageous game. I thought we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I'm very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that. I think you saw American heart. You saw us give everything we had today.

When asked why she thought the Swedish team were cowards, Solo responded by explaining their style of play:

Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. They didn’t want to pass the ball. They didn’t want to play great soccer. It was a combative game, a physical game. Exactly what they wanted and exactly what their game plan was. They dropped into a 50. They didn't try and press.

They didn't want to open the game. And they tried to counter with longballs. We had that style of play when Pia [Sundhage] was our coach. I don't think they're going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home.

Sundhage, who coached the U.S. team (including Solo) from 2008–2012, responded: "I don't give a crap. I'm going to Rio, she's going home," reports Sports Illustrated.

After being pounded on social media for her comments, Solo later told Wahl she was proud the way her team played:

I've won and lost a lot of games in my career. And not all wins have been pretty. Sometimes it's just finding a way to win that matters the most and tonight Sweden found a way to beat us. Nevertheless, I am so proud of the way we played tonight, our fight, our heart, and the skill we showed. Things don't always go the way you want them to. such is life, such is sport.

Sources: USA TODAY, Grant Wahl/TwitterSports Illustrated / Photo Credit: Joel Solomon/Flickr

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