Mon, September 23, 2013

U.S. soccer stars in Twitter spat

By QMI Agency


U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo has been on the defensive since taking her spat with retired American legend Brandi Chastain public via Twitter. (DAVID MOIR/Reuters)

A Twitter spat between two legends of U.S. women's soccer may have damaged the team's image, its coach says.

Brandi Chastain, the former player immortalized for ripping off her jersey in joyous celebration during a 1999 Women's World Cup match, is now an on-air analyst for NBC — and she was critical of the 2012 squad's effort in a 3-0 win over Colombia. That tweaked U.S. star Hope Solo, who took to Twitter with a broadside to Chastain.

The retired player, Solo tweeted, should pipe down "until you get more educated" about the sport, which "has changed from a decade ago."

None of this pleased U.S. women's coach Pia Sundhage, who according to USA Today won't discipline Solo.

"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?" Sundhage said, according to USA Today. "And that's where we do have a choice -- as players, coaches, staff, the way we respond to certain things."

Chastain has defended her comments, saying it's her job as a television analyst to at times be critical.