Hope Solo Goes on a Twitter Rant About Commentator Brandi Chastain’s Soccer Ignorance

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Noted libertine and soccer player Hope Solo took issue with the way soccer commentator Brandi Chastain criticized the U.S. Women's soccer team's apparently porous defense. Solo did what all vociferous famous people do when they need a suitable podium for their outrage — she fired-off a series of scathing tweets, the first of which was meant to illustrate just how little Chastain knows about modern soccer:

Lay off commenting about defending and [goalkeeping] until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.


There's nothing a former athlete hates more than being reminded that the times have a-changed, but Solo didn't stop there. She continued with a justification for her anger:

It's important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics. It's not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender!

Finally, Solo insinuated that Chastain was part of the reason that soccer isn't all that popular amongst American TV audiences:

I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhiteis fantastic. @brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport.

After meeting today with team captain Amy Wambach, Solo tweeted again that everything is just fine with Team U.S.A. and that all the fretting ESPN commentators shouldn't worry their little hearts — she won't be missing any game time. For her part, Chastain, one of the most accomplished players in U.S. soccer history, didn't engage with Solo, thereby restoring national unity to the Olympic endeavor of winning as many baubles as possible.

Hope Solo Is Pissed At Brandi Chastain [Buzzfeed]

Hope Solo won't be punished [ESPN]




I hate Alexi Lalas but I liked his reaction to this, which was basically "It's pretty typical of Hope Solo to try to draw attention to herself." His co-anchor agreed with something along the lines of "Why on earth do we care what Hope Solo thinks of a commentator? Let's just talk about the game." Good for them for not falling for her tantrum and sticking to what matters, which is the action on the pitch.