In An Act Of Sheer Class, Hope Solo Just Called Sweden A "Bunch Of Cowards" After They Beat The USWNT
Usually I would say that there is a 24 hour grace period that we have to wait out after the United States loses in international competition before we criticize them and go back to not caring about the sport in which they failed to medal. Unfortunately, Hope Solo did what Hope Solo does and made America - as a whole - look bad with an asininely butt hurt quote so I now I feel totally comfortable saying I'm glad that she won't be taking home any sort of reward. Don't get me wrong, I was rooting for the USWNT and it's a bummer that they got sent home early. I just can't - in my heart of hearts - pretend that Hope Solo coming off as a jackass isn't the silver lining on a dark cloud of disappointment.
And luckily for me, now I don't have to! That dazzling display of bitterness just cost her my sympathies, that much is for certain. I don't even care that she's probably right about Sweden playing overly conservative. It doesn't even matter that they likely did sit on the ball playing for a tie. You lose the right to call your opponents "cowards" for intentionally taking you to penalty kicks when you lose to them in penalty kicks. Especially when you're the member of a team that just got beaten by a heavy underdog in front of the entire world. Sorry Hope, but no one is concerned with what strategy Sweden employed to defeat you, because all they are worried about is the final score. So it's time to pack up your endless amount of baggage and head back stateside, but please - let the locals bid you the appropriate farewell just one last time before you go...