Rio Roundup: Day Seven, Part One

Fabulous run for U.S. Women’s soccer team ends in quarterfinals

A very tense match in sunny Brasilia nearly ended in regulation before 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup hero Carli Lloyd scored in the 77th minute to tie the match with Sweden.  However, neither team failed to score during extra time and Sweden ended up winning on penalty kicks.

Update, as of 12:45 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday, August 13, 2016:

American goaltender Hope Solo sometimes has difficulties when she speaks to the media.  What I mean by this is often times, she gets critical of how things function and why the world simply cannot revolve around her own actions.  She talked about it with the proliferation of the Zika virus saying that if asked, she “wouldn’t go.”

On Friday afternoon, she labeled the Swiss soccer players as, “a bunch of cowards.  The better team lost today.”

Last I checked the highlights, the Americans simply couldn’t the ball in the net.  They had opportunities a plenty, but failed to cash in almost every time.

One thing most people should learn when speaking to anyone in public or at any party is to say what you mean and mean what you say.  At least, Hope Solo will have the rest of the year to figure out the consequences of her actions.  Yes, this disappointing loss will hurt U.S. soccer for a while, but like all good teams do as the classic jazz song goes–they will pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and start all over again.



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