Former U.S. women's national soccer team coach Greg Ryan denied goalie Hope Solo's claim that he shoved her during a meeting in 2007, according to reports.
"This allegation is completely false," Ryan said in a statement. "I did not shove or push Hope as I've been accused in her book. I would have been terminated immediately by USA Soccer had this allegation been true. I have openly discussed the contents of the meeting and this is the first time that this accusation has been brought to light.
"Hope was disappointed that I benched her for the semifinals, but it was the right move for the team. It was discussed with team leaders, and they stood by my decision."
Solo made waves at the 2007 World Cup when she spoke out against Ryan after being benched for the semifinal. Ryan had played veteran Brianna Scurry against Brazil, but the United States fell 4-0. Afterward, Solo called it "the wrong decision."SOLO: A Memoir of Hope