July 30, 2012- The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team coaches will not discipline goaltender Hope Solo for a Twitter rant, over the weekend. Her coach did say the rant could be detrimental to the soccer team’s image. The goaltender made harsh remarks about Brandi Chastain, a legend in women’s soccer in the U.S.
She called into question the knowledge of the NBC commentator and her allegiance to the soccer program. After the rant, Solo met with her team captains and Pia Sundhage, the team coach.
Chastain was the hero of the Women’s World Cup in 1999 when the U.S. won. She was critical of the defense of the current team during the team’s game against Colombia, in group play, even though the U.S. won 3-0.
After hearing about the criticism, Solo tweeted that the former player turned commentator should hold back on her comments until she becomes more educated about how the game is played today. She added that the game has changed very much over the past decade since Chastain played.
On Saturday, Chastain responded to Solo’s tweet by defending her comments. She said she was now a journalist and was there to do her job, which she said is to be an objective and honest analyst.
On Sunday, Solo continued the topic when she responded to another person’s tweet that said the older generation of soccer players in the U.S. is afraid that the new generation will surpass their legacies.