Maybe Hope Solo was bored, or maybe it was her way of getting in a good post-match workout after seeing very minimal action in the USA's 3-0 victory against Colombia . Whatever the reason, Solo managed to steal the spotlight away from the American team's victory on Saturday by taking to Twitter and throwing a barrage of shots at US national team legend Brandi Chastain.
Less than two hours after the USA clinched a place in the quarterfinals, Solo unleashed the following tweets at Chastain, who is working as a color analyst for NBC during the Olympics:
"Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain! #fb"
"Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago."
"Its important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics.Its not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender!"
"I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic @brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport #fb"
While it is unclear what exactly drew the venom from Solo, and led her to post at least two angry tweets at Chastain before even acknowledging her team's victory, there is no question that there is some serious animosity toward Chastain by Solo, a former teammate.
The two were part of the US national team set-up from 2000 and 2004, but only appeared in the same match three times (with their only start together coming on Sept. 8, 2002 in an 8-2 win against Scotland).
So what could Solo have been so upset about? Chastain has not been afraid to criticize US players during her calls of games, as evidenced by comments Chastain made during Saturday's match, and it would appear that comments she made about the US defense led to the angry series of tweets from Solo.