US soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo lashes out at Brandi Chastain on Twitter
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US soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo lashes out at Brandi Chastain on Twitter

Boston : MA : USA | Jul 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM PDT
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US soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo made headlines after she launched a tirade at NBC commentator Brandi Chastain after the US women's national team’s advance to the Olympics quarterfinals.

Hope Solo went on a Twitter rant to express her discontentment with former soccer star Brandi Chastain's commentary during a live broadcast of the Americans’ 3-0 win over Colombia at the Olympics.

Solo lashed out at Chastain’s for criticizing US defender Rachel Buehler during the NBC telecast. According to a report, Chastain, who is an official commentator for NBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics, pointed out in the match’s 20th minute that a defender’s role is to “Defend. Win the ball. And then keep possession,” adding “And that’s something that Rachel Buehler actually needs to, I think, improve on in this tournament.”

At the end of the live broadcast, Brandi Chastain gave the US team's performance an "A-minus" because of weak defense. Chastain singled out U.S. defender Rachel Buehler, who had committed a first-half turnover. Apparently, Hope Solo was not pleased with Brandi Chastain's criticism of defense and goalkeeping during the game, so she used her official Twitter account to attack the former soccer icon.

According to Washington Post, after the game, Solo tweeted: “Its 2 bad we can’t have commentators who better represents the team & knows more about the game.”

"Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago,” she tweeted, according to USA Today.

Half an hour after the initial provocative tweet, Hope Solo went on to say that she felt it was important for fans to “enjoy the spirit of the Olympics.” She added that feeling the true spirit of the game was not possible when someone on air commented that “a player is the worst defender.”

Hope solo went on to indicate that she thought fans were using the "mute" button while Chastain was talking, adding that she likes NBC soccer announcer Arlo White.

“Brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport," Solo added.

Brandi Chastain, one of the top all-time defenders for the US team, is a big name in the history of the game. She has played in 192 international games from 1988-2004.

A spokesman for NBC said the network would have no comment and that Chastain was not available for comment. A spokesman for the U.S. team also declined to remark on the issue.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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