- Hope Solo penned a column for The Guardian on Wednesday, criticizing the US women’s national soccer team for their celebrations in their 13-0 landslide win against Thailand on Tuesday.
- The former national team goalie wrote that “it was tough” to watch some of the celebrations, which she found “were a little overboard.”
- Many have jumped to the team’s defense, calling criticism of their celebrations sexist.
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Three years ago, Hope Solo was kicked off the US women’s national soccer team for unsportsmanlike comments. Now she’s calling the team’s goal celebrations over-the-top.
In a column for The Guardian on Wednesday, Solo sided with the many who have spoken out against the team for their field celebrations in their 13-0 defeat of Thailand in the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
While Solo said the team shouldn’t have let up against Thailand, she thinks they should have done away with choreographed goal celebrations once they were securely ahead.
The 37-year-old wrote that “it was tough for me to watch some of the US goal celebrations” because they seemed “a little overboard.”
Solo said the No. 1 team in the world has to show more class
“A few seemed planned out and I do know some players spend a lot of time thinking about celebrations for the fans. It’s not always necessary. We haven’t won the World Cup yet,” she wrote.
But she did applaud team captain Carli Lloyd for showing class and comforting the Thai goalie after the game.
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Solo also appeared on ” CBS This Morning” to discuss her column on Thursday.
When asked whether she thought the criticism leveled at the team was sexist, Solo said she disagreed.
“I think that’s how we grow the game, we have to be criticized,” she said.
She added: “We have to show so much class, especially coming from the No. 1 team in the world.”
Solo admitted that she has been “no stranger to controversy.” She made headlines in 2016 when she said the team played “a bunch of cowards” after a loss to Sweden.
After that comment, Solo was kicked off the national team and decided not to return to her club team, the Seattle Reign.
Solo had tended goal for the national team since 2000, appearing in three World Cups and three Olympics.