Pia Sundhage Meets with Hope Solo to Discuss Controversial Twitter Outburst
Hope Solo was not disciplined for her controversial tweets blasting Brandi Chastain on Saturday. Instead, she just got a good talking to.
The news comes from CBS Sports:
Hope Solo met with the coach and captains of the U.S. women's soccer team Sunday to discuss her latest outburst of candor, a Twitter rant that did no good for the image of the squad and distracted from preparations for the upcoming game against North Korea in the Olympic tournament.
Coach Pia Sundhage said Solo will not be disciplined for the series of tweets.
What did you think of Solo's tweets?
In a now rather famous incident, the American goalkeeper took to Twitter on Saturday to express her displeasure with Chastain taking shots at the Americans' defense.
You have to respect Solo for sticking up for her teammates and being willing to speak her mind, but you also have to wonder what the point was.
The Olympics are a time for nations to come together as one, and for Solo to blast Chastain, one of the most decorated American women's soccer players of all time and someone who was just doing her job, seemed both childish and unnecessary.
But that's all it was. It was just an overreaction by Solo and hardly something that deserves strict punishment. Luckily for her, she has the right coach, someone who didn't overreact.
"On the field, it's OK to make a mistake. There's no such thing as a perfect game," Sundhage said. "And sometimes you make a mistake outside the field as well. Myself as well. I've regretted that I've said that or whatever, but at the end of the day if you have good teammates and recognize it and say something that we are proud of, then it is easier to prepare for the next game -- because it's all about the next game."
That's exactly how something like this always needs to be handled.
Sundhage knew it was something that had to be addressed, but only behind closed doors and in a casual manner, with the right topic in mind.
That topic, according to Abby Wambach, was more about the team having the same goal in mind, not some silliness about social media.
"We just wanted to get on the same page on the things that we are focused on," Wambach said. "And the things that we're going to be talking about, whether it be in the media or behind closed doors with your teammates. ... We have to appreciate different people's personalities and their opinions. 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."
Solo has always been outspoken, and she is certainly loved by her fans for that, but as she and her countrywomen continue their quest for gold, expect her to be outspoken about more relevant topics.
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