Is there no more hope for Hope?

Hope Solo’s behavior at the 2016 Olympic Games backfired. The goalie was fired from the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) on August 25th, 2016.

Sara Zarb, Staff Reporter

The Sweden vs. United States of America soccer game, a depressing loss for most Americans, was the first time in history that the USWNT did not advance to an Olympic semifinal. After the penalty kick loss of 4-3 for the United States, goalkeeper Hope Solo made some controversial remarks.

“They [Sweden] played like a bunch of cowards,” Solo said. “The best team did not win today. I firmly and strongly believe that.”

Her words triggered disappointed reactions from a few of her teammates, such as Megan Rapinoe.

“We need to handle [losing] graciously, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” Rapinoe said in an interview with NBC Sports.

The US Soccer President Sunil Gulati commented on the situation as well.

“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.”

On August 26th, in response to her termination from the USWNT, Solo posted this message on her Instagram: “For 17 years I dedicated myself 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. 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.”

Savannah Collier, a junior at Palm Harbor who plays on the varsity soccer team and for Tampa Bay United Soccer Club, relayed her thoughts on Solo.

“I think she should continue [to be allowed to play soccer]. Even though [what she said] wasn’t nice, it’s part of the game, and it’s true. They [Sweden] did play cowardly. The old coach knew the USWNT’s tactic and used it to their advantage,” Collier said.

Solo also had some confrontations in 2014. She was convicted of a domestic violence case involving her sister and teenage nephew. Later, she pleaded not guilty by two courts.

Her past, as well as the present, have been what most people would call belligerent. The now-former professional soccer player, in two situations, has gotten negative views from the media.