So the U.S. women’s soccer team cruised through its game against Colombia today, apart from that nasty punch to Abby Wambach’s face. Three goals, solid win. No problem, right?
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 28, 2012
Or maybe not.
That was her second Tweet after the game. The first was dated 2:44 p.m. ET. The game ended around 1:50 p.m. That’s quick.
I didn’t hear all of the commentary, given my other two jobs. So what was said?
@duresport Brandi's critiques and commentary are so negative. We always mute. Needs to call game, not coach.
— Sara McCutchen (@sbethTX) July 28, 2012
Well that sounds serious. Anyone else want to weigh in?
@duresport What was even said that Solo is so upset? We watched the whole game and heard nothing so disparaging.
— CK Barlow (@tweeCKed) July 28, 2012
OK, that clears things up.
Frankly, I’m not sure it matters if Brandi wound up and yelled “HOPE SOLO STINKS! THIS DEFENSE IS A JOKE!” over and over during the game. Fans can debate that.
Why the heck are players offering their critiques before they’ve even left the stadium?
And what does Solo know of Chastain’s comments? She wasn’t that busy during the game. Was she watching an NBC feed in the goal?
But with a book coming up and promising to tell her side of the 2007 Women’s World Cup, along with some attention-getting interviews, I wondered before the Games whether Solo’s words were going to pose a threat to team chemistry. You could say it’s “new guard” (at least one of them) vs. “old guard,” but some of the old guard is still around.
Should they be worried?