Monday, August 15, 2016

Hope Solo Is One Sore Loser

Swedish Team
Hope Solo is an embarrassment to the soccer game and shame to the U.S. team for allowing her to continue with her unsportsmanlike antics.

After insulting host country Brazil, the perennial problem child was at it again last 12 Augus, mouthing off after the Americans made their earliest exit ever from a major tournament and calling Sweden "a bunch of cowards."

"The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that," Solo said, according to Sports Illustrated. "I think you saw American heart."

It makes no difference that the Swedish women displayed the grit, class, fortitude and never-give-up attitude that is a trademark of humble athletes. They could have played a woman or two down, bloodied and bruised and they could still have won it convincingly.

After a 1-1 draw in regulation, Sweden won in the penalty kick 4-3.

Right now, nothing would excuse Solo acting like a poor loser and taking potshots at an opponent. She even tried to intimidate Lisa Dahlkvist before the Swedish stepped up to hand her team a quarterfinal victory.

Solo waved to the referee, stepped to one side, and began to peel off her gloves. A United States assistant sprinted around to the side of the goal with a new pair. They looked identical to the others. Dahlkvist stood — smiling, waiting. And waiting. And then scored.

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