RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL- The U.S. women's soccer team will not medal for the first time in Olympic history after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals in penalty kicks.
The United States was able to battle back after a 1-0 deficit with a goal from Alex Morgan that tied the game 1-1. After regulation time and two, 10-minute halves of overtime, the game was forced into penalty kicks where Sweden won 4-3.
The game was painful to watch, but it was U.S. goal keeper Hope Solo's response to the lose that hit the headlines. Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" because of the tactics they used to play the game.
"I also think we played a bunch of cowards. But, you know, the best team did not win today; I strongly, firmly believe that. I think you saw America's heart. You saw us give everything that we had today. Unfortunately the better team didn't win," said Solo. "I don't think they're going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home."
In her interview, Solo continued to harp on how Sweden dropped back defensively and didn't try to press the United States. Solo said Sweden didn't play great, entertaining soccer.
Solo did commend her team and their performance.
"I thought that we played a courageous game," Solo said. "I thought that we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down; I'm very proud of this team.
Former United States Women's National Team player and ESPN analyst Julie Foudy called Solo's comments "classless" during her commentary after Solo's interview.
"To call them cowards for playing a tactically smart game is ridiculous and classless and it really doesn't represent the house that we built in the U.S. team," said Foudy.
Solo later took to Twitter and saying, "Losing sucks. I'm really bad at it.: