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Hope Solo suspended for calling Swedish players ‘cowards’

CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has suspended their goalkeeper Hope Solo for six months for comments she made after the team’s loss to Sweden in the Rio Olympics.

Solo said the Swedish players were “a bunch of cowards” after the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 4-3 loss.

“I think it was very cowardly,” Solo said. “But they won. They’re moving on, and we’re going home.”

The U.S. Soccer organization released a statement about the suspension.

“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.”

“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”

Last month, she became the first goalkeeper – male or female – with 100 shutouts in international competition.

As a result of the suspension, Solo will not be eligible for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team until February of 2017.