Hope Solo: Rating Her Performance so Far for the USWNT at the Olympics

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Hope Solo: Rating Her Performance so Far for the USWNT at the Olympics
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Only two goals conceded and three clean sheets out of four; from those figures it seems to have been a rather sound tournament so far for the U.S. women.

Barring a shaky start, they have more or less brushed aside all that has been presented before them, enhancing their favourites tag.

The reining champions, after winning the last two tournaments in 2008 and 2004 held in Beijing and Athens respectively, have certainly not shown any signs of pressure.

 

Solid

In spite of all the optimism, however, it was a nightmare start in Glasgow's Hampden Park when they took on France.

In less that 15 minutes, Team USA were 2-0 down to France, but Hope Solo is far from blame.

The first goal from Gaëtane Thiney was a stunning striker from outside of the area that the keeper did well to get finger tips to, while the second was well finished after a scramble that followed a corner.

Solo though did set one personal record in the game, creating her first assist 12 years after making her debut on the international stage.

For the next two group games, 3-0 and 1-0 wins against Colombia and North Korea, her participation was limited somewhat.

When called upon, she did her duties well, showing good concentration, but it is difficult to judge a player when they simply don't figure in the game to a large extent.

It was a similar story in today's quarterfinal, however, Solo was perhaps tested a little more than in the previous two games but, again, not with anything too strenuous.

 

Rant

Solo, who recovered from injury to make the tournament, has hit the headlines more for off-field antics than on this summer.

A Twitter rant less than two hours defeating Colombia to make the last eight, was directed at Brandi Chastain.

The ex-U.S. international is working for NBC as part of their Olympic coverage team, and was hit with quite the rant from Solo who wrote (h/t ESPN):

“Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain! #fb”

“Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.”

“Its important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics.Its not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender!”

“I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic @brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport #fb”

It is perhaps a touch difficult to fully judge Solo thus far. She has been solid when called up which has been sparse.

In the latter stages of the tournament though you would expect her to be challenged a lot more, and could perhaps prove to be the difference between gold, silver, bronze and nothing at all.

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