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U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo took to Twitter to criticize NBC television analyst and former U.S. soccer star Brandi Chastain for comments she made during Saturday's broadcast of the United States-Colombia match.
Chastain singled out Rachel Buehler in the first half, saying the defender needed to improve during the Olympic tournament.
"Rachel Buehler with the giveaway there. As a defender, your responsibilities are -- defend," Chastain said during the broadcast. "Win the ball and then keep possession ... [that is] something that Rachel Buehler actually needs to improve on in this tournament."
After the Americans' 3-0 victory, Solo posted this on her Twitter feed in separate posts:
Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain! #fb
Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago. #fb
Its important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics. Its not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender!
I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic.@brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport #fb
The United States, which clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with Saturday's win, will next face North Korea.