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Hope Solo on Sweden defeat: 'We played a bunch of cowards'
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Hope Solo on Sweden defeat: 'We played a bunch of cowards'
Saturday August 13th, 2016

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati stated his displeasure with Hope Solo’s controversial comments following the loss to Sweden that eliminated the Americans from the Olympics in the quarterfinals.

Gulati told SI’s Grant Wahl on Saturday that he was unhappy with Solo’s postgame stance, which notably called Sweden “cowards” for taking a defensive-minded tactic and eventually winning on penalties.

“While we are all very disappointed with the results of the match, Hope‘s post-game comments were highly inappropriate and not in line with the expectations of U.S. Soccer or the ideals of the Olympic movement,” Gulati told Wahl.

Also taking umbrage to Solo’s remarks were Sweden coach (and former U.S. boss) Pia Sundhage, and longtime American captain Julie Foudy.

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