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Sept. 29, 2007
U.S. goalkeeper apologizes on her MySpace page for criticizing Scurry

By Michael Lewis Editor

Shanghai, China -- U.S. international goalkeeper Hope Solo has posted an apology on her MySpace page for criticizing fellow keeper and teammate Briana Scurry after the American's 4-0 Women's World Cup semifinal loss to Brazil Thursday night.

Solo had been benched by coach Greg Ryan for the semifinal match, even though she hadn't allowed a goal for 300 minutes.

"I have felt compelled to clear the air regarding many of my postgame comments on Thursday night. I am not proud or happy the way things have come out," Solo said on the MySpace page. "In my eyes there is no justification to put down a teammate. That is not what I was doing."

Scurry, 36, who has a 12-0 record against the South American side and a key member of the U.S. world championship side (1999) and gold-medal winners (1996 and 2004), hadn't played a full game in more than three months.

Solo, 25, had never faced Brazil.

"There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves," Solo told ESPN after the game in Hangzhou. "You have to live in the present. And you can't live by big names. You can't live in the past."

According to comments on her MySpace page, Solo said that she still doubted Ryan's strategy, but insisted that it was not her intent to hurt Scurry.

"Although I stand strong in everything I said, the true disheartening moment for me was realizing it could look as though I was taking a direct shot at my own teammate," Solo wrote on the site. "I would never throw such a low blow. Never.

"I only wanted to speak of my own abilities yet also recognize that the past is the past. Things were taken out of context, or analyzed differently from my true meaning of my own words," she said, according to the Web site. "For that I am sorry. I hope everybody will come to know I have a deep respect for this team and for Bri."

It was not known whether Solo or Scurry will start Sunday's third-place match against Norway (ESPN2, 4:55 a.m.).

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