“I also think we played a bunch of cowards. But, you know, the best team did not win today; I strongly, firmly believe that. I think you saw America’s heart. You saw us give everything that we had today. Unfortunately the better team didn’t win.”
That’s the famous quote–specifically the first sentence. Hope Solo, out of frustration, spoke out last week after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the Olympics. Those words have been copied and pasted everywhere. Personally, I think they are pretty benign when you look at it objectively, but I also think she is just further embarrassing herself after the mistakes she made in the Olympic tournament.
Hope Solo is an idiot. Her quote is not out of character at all. But what kind of joke is US Soccer pulling here by suspending her for words? WORDS!? I have a love/hate relationship with the US Soccer Federation and in this case, I hate em. How convenient is it that our Women’s soccer team doesn’t have a meaningful match for months. But last summer, despite the very true allegations of Solo beating the shit out of her nephew, US Soccer simply ignored and allowed her to play in the World Cup. Hey, we needed her! But seriously, what a fucking joke. No important competitions on the horizon, let’s give her a suspension for speaking out of frustration. Bunch of fuckin pussies I tell ya!