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Video of Hope Solo’s rant at Greg Ryan

Although I’ve read the transcript, this is the first time I’ve seen the video of Hope Solo’s rant at coach Ryan. You can hear the emotion in her voice, the big girl’s blouse:

PS I know the Hope Solo story is old now, but it still intrigues me. Plus, she’s kind of hot… and single.

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By admin on October 4th, 2007 in WAGs & Babes. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

4 Responses to “Video of Hope Solo’s rant at Greg Ryan”

  1. ash says:

    can someone please tell me the background to this story

  2. Murfmensch says:

    OK, here goes.
    Hope Solo has started all but seven of the 50-odd consecutive victories that Greg Ryan has managed. When Ryan picked her, Brianna Scurry was still excellent and well-known for penalty saves during the 1999 Women’s World Cup final.
    For reasons that no one can fathom, Ryan decided to switch Solo for Scurry, even though Scurry just hasn’t played very often in the last four years. Ryan just seems to have been freaked by how well the opposition was playing at the Cup. Scurry had played well against Brazil in one of her seven matches, a friendly in which Brazil was quite bad.
    Solo issued the statement in this clip after the team’s press agent told a camera crew that there are no interviews with anyone who didn’t play. That set Solo off.
    Ryan, accompanied by players, told press that Solo is not to be benched or at the Third-place game against Norway. USA players are not in a league and are at Ryan’s mercy in a way not seen in most teams. (North Korea aside.) Ryan has said that he hopes this problem can be solved. He also admitted that he should have given Scurry more games if he wanted to rotate keepers in the Cup.
    Internet reactions have been wild. Solo is compared to Michael Vick and Benedict Arnold. American male athletes do this sort of thing now and then, without this much public response. Others call for Ryan to be fired.
    While I think Solo should have waited there are reasons to cut her some slack. Ryan’s decision was so strange that press would have begun to speculate about some sort of off-field problems on her part. This could have destroyed her career. Also, without a US women’s league (wh is on the way) there are very few chances for players to answer questions that are not vetted by the US Soccer Fed.
    Solo was one the Swedish league’s best keepers and may return there. Sports Illustrated wants a swimsuit picture. Her beauty is one reason this clip has gotten so much play here in the states.
    I’m betting Ryan will lose the Olympics, be replaced, and Solo will be invited back to the team.

  3. Murfmensch says:

    I said consecutive victories but I meant Team USA has been undefeated. There were a few draws in there.

  4. iladelf says:

    Hey Hope,
    Would you like a little cheese with your whine?