Hope Solo Takes the US Women’s Soccer Team’s Loss in Stride: ‘We Lost to a Bunch of Cowards.’


The U.S. women’s soccer team lost their Olympic quarterfinal match to Sweden on Friday. (The 1-1 contest went to penalty kicks, where Sweden prevailed 4-3.)

After the match, US goalie Hope Solo offered these words of congrats to the Swedes, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times:

Classy. What’s more, during the penalty kick shootout, the 35-year-old goalie tried to “ice the kicker” to quote Yahoo writer Henry Bushnell. Solo went to change her gloves as Sweden’s Lisa Dahlkvist was headed to kick the potential game-winner, thus delaying the try.

Solo presumably is not heartbroken to be leaving Rio. In fact, she really didn’t seem enthused about going in the first place. Before the Games, the US goalie tweeted a photo of herself wearing a beekeeper’s mask, which she hashtagged “zikaproof.”

All of this contributed to Solo’s becoming what Slate called “The biggest villain of the Rio Olympics.” The Brazilian fans chanted “Zi-Ka,” at the goalkeeper throughout the Olympic tournament.

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