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Rio Olympics: USA’s Hope Solo calls Sweden ‘a bunch of cowards’ after loss

USA goalkeeper Hope Solo concedes a goal during

USA goalkeeper Hope Solo concedes a goal during the penalty shootout of the Olympic women's quarterfinal match against Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil, on Aug. 12, 2016. Credit: EPA / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo didn’t shy away from what she thought of the Swedish team that eliminated the Americans from the Rio Olympics in a penalty shootout.

Following Friday’s loss, Solo said she thinks the U.S. team “played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today, I strongly and firmly believe that.”

Solo was criticizing Sweden’s style of play, which was defensive throughout the match.

In response, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”

Until Friday’s loss, the reigning World Cup champions and four-time Olympic champions had not dropped a match this year. Sundhage coached the U.S. team for five years and led the squad to gold medals in both Beijing and London.

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