Hope Solo won’t be disciplined for a Twitter rant that her coach fears could have been detrimental to the image of U.S. women’s soccer.
After the goalkeeper lashed out against former U.S. soccer legend Brandi Chastain, calling into question the NBC commentator’s knowledge of the game and allegiance to the program, Solo had a meeting with coach Pia Sundhage and team captains.
"We had a conversation: If you look at the women’s national team, what do you want (people) to see? What do you want them to hear?" Sundhage told reporters Sunday in Manchester, England, where the team will finish group play Tuesday. "And that’s where we do have a choice — as players, coaches, staff, the way we respond to certain things."
Chastain, hero of the U.S. victory at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, was critical of the current team’s defense during NBC’s broadcast of their 3-0 victory vs. Colombia during group play in Glasgow, Scotland.
Solo tweeted that Chastain should back off her comments “until you get more educated” about today’s game, adding “the game has changed from a decade ago.”
Chastain defended her comments Saturday, speaking to reporters in Birmingham, England. She said her new job is to be a journalist.
"I’m here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective analyst at the Olympics," she said.
Solo continued to tweet on the topic Sunday. Former Atlanta Beat coach James Galanis supported Solo on Twitter, writing that the old generation of American soccer players have for years been afraid the new generation “will eclipse their legacy.”
Solo answered, “Some people see through it.” The tweet was later deleted.
Later, she responded incredulously to a reporter’s tweet that she would not face punishment. “discipline? Ha! For what! Never even a topic! We talked about our team deserving the best!” she tweeted.
U.S. captain Abby Wambach said the meeting was about getting on the same page and creating a “bubble” around the team.
"We have to appreciate different people’s personalities and their opinions," she says. "However, we also want to create a bubble. We want to create some sort of symmetry in terms of what we’re doing here and why we’re here, and that’s what we’re all about."
Wambach aired some opinions of her own following the victory over Colombia, in which she was punched in the face by Lady Andrade during an offensive rush. She called for the play to be reviewed and the player to be disciplined, and FIFA on Sunday obliged.
FIFA spokesman Alex Stone said the disciplinary committee was meeting on the issue, but no update was expected before Monday, according to the Associated Press.
After the game, Wambach said she wanted to retaliate after the punch, but didn’t because of the consequences.