Team coaches will not discipline Hope Solo, the goaltender for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team that is participating in the London Olympic Games. Solo ranted at U.S. soccer legend Brandi Chastain on Twitter after Chastain criticized the U.S. team. Solo’s coach said the tweets by Solo could be detrimental to the image of the American team.
Solo’s tweets questioned the amount of knowledge the now NBC commentator Chastain has for today’s soccer and her allegiance to the national soccer program. Following her tweets, Solo had a meeting with her team captains and her head coach Pia Sundhage. It was decided in the meeting that no discipline was needed.
Chastain was the women’s national team hero in 1999 at the World Cup when the U.S. won the title. While commentating for a group play match between the U.S. and Colombia she was very critical of the way the team played defense, even though the U.S. team easily defeated Colombia 3-0.
When Solo heard about Chastain’s criticism, she tweeted that the former hero for the U.S. should not comment negatively about the team until she is more educated on how today’s game is played. Solo added that soccer today has changed dramatically from what it was over a decade ago when Chastain still played.
Chastain responded to Solo’s tweets on Saturday by saying she was at the Games to do her job as a journalist and that meant she had to be honest and objective.
Many people feel that the hero’s of a decade ago for women’s soccer are worried the new generation will take away their legacy and because of that have been overly critical of players at times.