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.