U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo Will Stay in Games Despite Twitter Rant

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U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo Will Stay in Games Despite Twitter Rant
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Hope Solo, goalie for the U.S. national soccer team, will not be suspended from Olympic play, despite being summoned to meet with her coaches and captains following a rant on Twitter.

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In a meeting with the press Monday, Solo mostly avoided answering questions about her tweets.

"I have my beliefs that the best commentators and the best analysts should be analyzing come Olympics, come World Cups, and it's only my opinion," she said, according to ESPN. "You can take it or leave it, to be honest, so it's my opinion, and I think analysts and commentators should bring energy and excitement and passion for the game, and a lot of knowledge, and I think it's important to help build the game, and I don't think Brandi has that."

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Following the U.S.'s 3-0 victory against Colombia, Solo tweeted four criticisms of journalist and former U.S. player Brandi Chastian's commentary during NBC's broadcast of the game.

The AP reports coach Pia Sundhage told reporters she chose not to discipline Solo, though the two discussed the matter.

"We had a conversation: If you look at the women’s national team, what do you want [people] to see? What do you want them to hear?" said Sundhage. "And that's where we do have a choice — as players, coaches, staff, the way we respond to certain things."

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Sundhage didn't tell Solo -- who has a major online following, partly due to her appearance on Dancing With the Stars -- to stop tweeting, either. According to co-captain Abby Wambach, the meeting only lasted for five minutes.

The U.S. women's soccer team's next match will be Tuesday against North Korea.

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