Originally written on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Hope Solo met with the coach and captains of the U.S. women's soccer team Sunday to discuss her latest outburst of candor, a Twitter rant that did no good for the image of the squad and distracted from preparations for the upcoming game against North Korea in the Olympic tournament. Coach Pia Sundhage said Solo will not be disciplined for the series of tweets that criticized former U.S. player Brandi Chastain's commentary during the NBC broadcast of the Americans' 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday. ''We had a conversation: If you look at the women's national team, what do you want (people) to see? What do you want them to hear?'' Sundhage told reporters at the team hotel. ''And that's where we do have a choice - as players, coaches, staff, the way we respond to certain things.'' Solo rattled off four tweets following Saturday's game, upset over Chastain's criticisms of the team's defensive play. ''Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game,'' tweeted Solo. She also told Chastain to ''lay off commentating about defending'' and goalkeeping ''until you get more educated'' and ''the game has changed from a decade ago.'' Those are hardly the type of positive comments the naturally upbeat Sundhage likes to hear, especially in the middle of one of the sport's biggest showcases. ''On the field, it's OK to make a mistake. There's no such thing as a perfect game,'' Sundhage said. ''And sometimes you make a mistake outside the field as well. Myself as well. I've regretted that I've said that or whatever, but at the end of the day if you have good teammates and recognize it and say something that we are proud of, then it is easier to prepare for the next game - because it's all about the next game.'' The meeting with Solo took place after the team arrived in Manchester, where the Americans (2-0) will play the North Koreans on Tuesday in a game that will determine pairings for the quarterfinals. Co-captain Abby Wambach said the meeting lasted about five minutes. The team said will Solo be available for comment Monday, following a walkthrough at Old Trafford. She did take to Twitter again on Sunday, however, to respond to a reporter's tweet that she wouldn't be disciplined. ''discipline? Ha! For what! Never even a topic! We talked about our team deserving the best!'' she tweeted. Chastain, one of the most accomplished players in U.S. team history, refused to be drawn into the fray. ''I'm here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective journalist at the Olympics, nothing more than that,'' said Chastain, who earned 192 caps from 1988-2004 and is best known for scoring the decisive penalty kick in the World Cup final in 1999. Wambach said the meeting focused on the goal of maintaining a ''bubble'' around the team during the Olympics. ''We just wanted to get on the same page on the things that we are focused on,'' Wambach said. ''And the things that we're going to be talking about, whether it be in the media or behind closed doors with your teammates. ... We have to appreciate different people's personalities and their opinions. However, we also want to create a bubble. We want to create some sort of symmetry in terms of what we're doing here and why we're here, and that's what we're all about.'' Wambach also noted that TV commentators have nothing to do with winning gold medals. ''At the end of the day, none of it matters,'' Wambach said. ''Because what really does matter is the results.'' Sundhage said she didn't tell Solo to stop tweeting or to tone it down. ''I don't punish people,'' Sundhage said. ''And I don't know what's right and wrong.'' Five years ago, Solo expressed an opinion that made her the recipient of the starkest punishment ever dealt to a U.S. women's national team player. She was essentially kicked off the squad at the 2007 World Cup after she criticized then-coach Greg Ryan for benching her for the semifinals. She made her way back onto the team to become arguably the best goalkeeper in team history, anchoring the gold-medal run at the 2008 Olympics and winning the golden glove award for top goalie at last year's World Cup in Germany. Now she's a media superstar, highlighted by her appearance on ''Dancing With the Stars'' last fall, and she hasn't stopped making waves. Three weeks ago, she had what is believed to be the first positive drug test in the history of the program, receiving a warning over the banned substance Canrenone. She said it resulted from a premenstrual medication prescribed by her doctor. Solo was also one of several athletes quoted extensively in an ESPN The Magazine story about sex in the athletes village during the Beijing Olympics and has also been promoting her book ''A Memoir of Hope,'' scheduled for release two days after the London Games. Nevertheless, Sundhage said she's not concerned about Solo's focus. ''Hope is different,'' Sundhage said. ''What I see is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. If you look back, she's been dancing with the stars, she'd been in a lot of media, she's done this and that, and you would think, 'Well, will she ever come back to the game and will this be a distraction?' If you look at the way she played the first two games, I would say no. She's ready. She prepared. She wants to win, and she know what she needs to do.''
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steve Nash: Curry's shooting 'greatest there's ever been'

Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

Russell Westbrook wins Spirit award, pokes fun at himself

Mark May removed from ESPN's ‘College Football Final’

Mark Sanchez backs off dismissal of Tim Tebow

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

SEC to block transfers with domestic violence, sexual assault history

LeBron James playing through sprained wrist

Justin Hunter on Mariota: He's a real good quarterback

Louis Murphy: Jameis Winston reminds me of Tim Tebow

Zuccarello lost ability to speak after taking puck to head

UAB reportedly reinstating football program

Shaq: I'd take Kobe over LeBron because of 'killer instinct'

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

Atlanta Hawks unveil new logo

WATCH: UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

Video/audio from aftermath of Jon Jones’ car crash released

Josh Hamilton comeback could be best MLB story of 2015

Lil Wayne goes after ref during anti-violence charity game

UConn created trophy for 'rivalry' series with UCF

Giancarlo Stanton eats a Kit Kat like a savage

Rob Gronkowski to critics: What have I done besides dance?

Bruce Jenner reveals new Caitlyn Jenner identity

WATCH: 'Basketball Wives' star shuts down Jameis Winston

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

Atlanta Hawks unveil new logo

UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

Sanchez backs off dismissal of Tebow

Gronk responds to critics of his antics

Bruce Jenner reveals new identity

Report: UAB bringing back football

Sepp Blatter, evil genius

Projecting the NFL's six best defenses

Top five storylines for the 2015 NBA Finals

Fred Hoiberg once mocked Noah

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.