SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The US Women’s Soccer Team was eliminated prior to the gold medal game for the first time in history on Friday and goalkeeper Hope Solo didn’t shy away after the game.
“We played a creative game. We had many opportunities on goal. We showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team. We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that. Sweden dropped back. They didn’t want to open play. They didn’t want to pass the ball around. They didn’t want to play great soccer, entertaining soccer. It was a combative game. A physical game. Exactly what they wanted. Exactly what their game plan was. We had that style of play when Pia was our coach. I think it was very cowardly. But they won, they’re moving on. And we’re going home.”
The US lost to Sweden in the quarterfinal following a heartbreaking penalty shootout. The game originally ended 1-1 until penalty kicks when Sweden took the upper hand.
Full Hope Solo quote on Sweden after US was eliminated from the Olympics today. pic.twitter.com/UZVCAeur6m
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 12, 2016