Abby Wambach 'had big problems' with Hope Solo's Olympic comments

Written By Gabrielle McMillen
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Former United States women's national soccer team captain Abby Wambach was not a fan of Hope Solo's comments regarding the Swedish soccer team at the 2016 Rio Games.

After a shocking quarterfinal loss to the Swedes, Solo called her opponent a bunch of "cowards," which resulted in Solo getting a six-month suspension and her U.S. soccer contract being terminated.

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“I had big problems with that," Wambach said Thursday on the "Dan Patrick Show." “You never call another team cowards after you’ve just been beaten. The rules in the game are the rules in the game and you don’t want to be a sore loser — not when you’re the best team in the world. To me, that looks weak.

“That’s like playground stuff. Be a professional. Stand up and say, 'You know what, they beat us at our own game. They played better than us today.' Call a spade a spade.”

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Wambach also said she and Solo "clashed a lot," before saying she was undeniably the best American goalkeeper.

“But was she difficult to work with at times? Hell yeah," Wambach said. "Was I? Probably. Because we’re these big personalities.”

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