Hope Solo starting trouble for her old World Cup teammates

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2019

"I have processes to make those decisions and own those processes".

Coach Jill Ellis led the U.S.to a title in 2015, and while she's aware the Americans haven't reached consecutive victories, she said her focus is just on winning this tournament. Solo, who is working as a World Cup commentator for the BBC, told the British network that Ellis "cracks under pressure quite a bit" and often refused to let her players review video of their defensive mistakes because she was anxious it would damage their confidence. Pundits, out there, that's part of it.

Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been outspoken about her time on the national time.

She added: "I think the national team has shown they are not flawless, Jill Ellis is not ideal, coaching staff is not flawless, the team is not always flawless but they have a really high standard of excellence and I think that is what we should focus on and that's what we should appreciate". She allowed just three goals in seven games and had five shutouts during the team's 2015 World Cup championship run under Ellis. That means of the seven World Cup tournaments the USA has competed in, the team has finished in the top three each time.

Speaking about Ellis on the podcast, Solo said: 'She's not the leader I wish her to be.

Solo made 202 appearances with the national team with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. Afterward, Solo called the Swedes cowards for bunkering on defense. The blowback was immediate, and U.S. Soccer suspended Solo and terminated her contract.

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The federation maintained the decision was based on a culmination of events.

Less than ideal as they may be, off-field distractions are probably not going to counteract USWNT from getting off to a successful World Cup campaign.

"I haven't been on social media since we left NY", goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher told reporters in France, "so I'm not really sure what's going on". But Ertz, a teammate of Naeher's with the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars, said she was confident in her. "But now I would say that this will be the hardest World Cup to win because the number of quality teams, teams that are growing the game, the personalities of the players-our game is growing and growing". "She was a great player for this team and she was a great goalkeeper".

"I haven't been on social media since we left NY, so I'm not really sure what's going on, to be honest", Naeher said.

"As the games continue-it's fun for us to watch the games, feel that excitement, feel that energy and at the same time. stay one step away from it and stay really focused and centered on what we're doing", said Christen Press, defender.

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