Hope Solo is not a participant on this yr’s Ladies’s World Cup, however the former United States goalkeeper is not fascinated by being a silent observer.
Simply three days earlier than the U.S. begins play, Solo ripped coach Jill Ellis and mentioned “she cracks below stress.”
Solo has been at odds with U.S. Soccer since being suspended for six months and seeing her contract terminated after calling Sweden’s nationwide staff a “bunch of cowards” in the course of the 2016 Olympics.
The 37-year-old Solo took goal at Ellis throughout a BBC interview Saturday and indicated she is not a fan of Ellis’ strategies.
“Jill — she’s not the chief I want her to be,” Solo mentioned of the nationwide staff’s coach since 2014. “She depends closely on her assistant coaches. She cracks below the stress fairly a bit. However oftentimes it does not matter, as a result of the standard of the gamers on the U.S. staff is great.”
Solo mentioned the U.S. would win video games regardless of who coaches the squad.
“We now have a wealthy historical past of profitable, a profitable custom, and it does not matter oftentimes who’s teaching us, as a result of we’ll discover a method to win … despite who the coach is,” Solo mentioned.
Solo was the goalkeeper for the 2015 World Cup-winning squad in addition to the 2007 and 2011 groups. She additionally earned gold medals because the goalie for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic groups.
Solo earned 202 caps with the nationwide staff and holds the file of 102 profession shutouts.
The U.S. performs Thailand in its opening match Tuesday in Reims, France.