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Hope Solo Releases Statement After Soccer Suspension

Hope Solo has released a statement after being suspended from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months for her comments at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 35-year-old soccer star called the Sweden soccer team “cowards” after their loss.

“For 17 years, I dedicated my life to the U.S. Women’s National Team and did the job of a pro athlete the only way I knew how – with passion, tenacity, an unrelenting commitment to be the best goalkeeper in the world, not just for my country, but to elevate the sport for the next generation of female athletes,” Hope said on Twitter. “In those commitments, I have never wavered. And with so much more to give, I am saddened by the Federation’s decision to terminate my contract.”

Hope Solo Suspended After Calling Sweden's Team 'Cowards'

Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months.

The 35-year-old pro soccer player called the Sweden soccer team “cowards” after losing to them in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

“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,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. “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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

As a result, Hope will not be eligible for the team until February of 2017.

Hope Solo Calls Swedish Team 'Cowards' After Olympics Loss

Hope Solo trashed the Swedish soccer team after the U.S. Women’s National Team was defeated in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

“I thought that we played a courageous game. I thought we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart,” Hope said in a post-game interview (via SI.com). “We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team.”

“And I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The better team did not win today. I strongly believe that. I think you saw American heart. You saw us give everything we had today,” Hope added.

When asked why she thought the Swedish team played cowardly, she said: “Sweden dropped off. They didn’t want to open play. They didn’t want to pass the ball. They didn’t want to play great soccer. It was a combative game, a physical game. Exactly what they wanted and exactly what their gameplan was. They dropped into a 50. They didn’t try and press. They didn’t want to open the game. And they tried to counter with longballs. We had that style of play when Pia [Sundhage] was our coach.”

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Eliminated from Rio Olympics in Quarter-Finals

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team looks defeated after their shocking loss in the Women’s Football Quarter-final match during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on Friday (August 12) at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil.

The team, led by star plays like Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd, lost in a penalty-kick shootout against Sweden.

USA has won the gold medal in the tournament for the past three Olympics games and the team was the clear favorite to win again this year.

“A dissapointing end, but as always, THANK YOU, #BestFansInTheWorld. Your support is incomparable. #OneNationOneTeam,” the team wrote on Twitter after the loss.

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Hope Solo Gets Booed at Rio Olympics 2016 Over Zika Posts

Hope Solo catches a ball while playing in the Women’s Group G first round match between the United States and New Zealand during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games held at Mineirao Stadium on Wednesday (August 3) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper helped her team to victory 2-0.

During the game, the Brazilian crowd booed her every time she touched the ball and chanted “Zika” from the stands.

This all refers to Hope‘s recent tweets about how she was preparing for the Games with a mosquito net on her head and a big bottle of insect repellent, which you can see below.

“I was pretty focused on the game,” Hope said after the game. “What goes on around me in the stadium, honestly, it doesn’t really matter.”

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