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The United States women's soccer team became the latest heavyweight to lose at the Rio Games, losing 4-3 on penalties to Sweden. It is the first time the American women will not make it to the gold medal game since women's soccer was put into the Olympics.
Some of them didn't take the loss too well. Goalie Hope Solo has long been one of the most outspoken players on the team, and she let loose with a stinging criticism of the Swedish style of play.
"I thought we played a courageous game," Solo told reporters after the loss. "I think we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that."
The comment was immediately assailed on social media for the sour grapes delivery. Julie Foudy, a former Team USA standout, didn't hide her disappointment.
Or.... it is called the tactics of an outmatched team. Has been going on for centuries. Sorry to break the news. https://t.co/xEDJOyCTcu
— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) August 12, 2016
Sweden's coach, Pia Sundhage, didn't hesitate in her response.
"It's OK to be a coward," said Sundhage, who coached Team USA for five years, including gold medals in Beijing and London, "if you win."