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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Hope Solo rips Brandi Chastain via Twitter


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.