July 30, 2012
By Michael Lewis
Solo won't back off her twitter rant
MANCHESTER -- U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo did not back down from her twitter rant about American women's soccer legend and NBC commentator Brandi Chastain last Saturday.
|Hope Solo has yet another controversy swirling around her.
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Solo, who celebrated her 31st birthday on Monday, is expected to start for the U.S. (2-0-0, six points) in its Olympic women's Group G final match against North Korea (1-1-0, three), which needs a draw to advance to the knockout round. A tie or win would give the Americans the group title and avoid a possible quarterfinal confrontation with Women's World Cup champion Japan.
Solo did not retract any of her tweets made on Saturday after she ripped Chastain for being critical of U.S. defender Rachel Buehler and the U.S. defense.
Speaking to the media for the first time since her tweets after a walkthrough at Old Trafford, Solo said “It’s not about what made me unhappy. It’s not about one game. I have my beliefs that the best commentators and the best analysts should… bring energy and excitement and passion to the game and a lot of knowledge, and at some point need to help build the game, and I don’t think Brandi has that."
When pressed about whether she had spoken to Chastain since the incident or was surprised by the publicity surroundering her tweets, Solo, who usually doesn need to be proded to talk, would not elaborate.
Asked about the publicity issue, Solo replied, "Like I said. I don't care to answer any other questions. You guys all know my thoughts on the topic. Again, it's one person's opinion."
Then she was asked about whether she had spoken to Chastain.
“Again it’s my opinion and nothing else really matters to be honest,” she said. “What matters is tomorrow’s game, playing at Old Trafford. The team's excited. It’s my birthday. I don’t care to answer any more questions about Brandi.”
Chastain will broadcast the match along with play-by-play announcer Arlo White on the NBCSportsNetwork.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe said the team was not distracted by the twitter incident.
"We obviously all know about it, but it doesn't really affect us. It doesn't affect me. She made a choice to do that and that's fine. Everyone is focusing on the game, getting ready for the next match."