Leave it to Hope Solo to find a way to turn a ho-hum U.S. women’s soccer victory over Colombia into family feud.

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Shortly after nailing down a 3-0 shutout for her country, the outspoken goalkeeper ripped former U.S. star-turned NBC analyst Brandi Chastain for her commentary.


We’ve got drama.

Chastain’s analysis has drawn Solo’s ire before, and there’s a good chance Chastain’s recent comments about Solo’s failed drug test could be a factor here as well.

After the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued Solo a public warning earlier this month for testing positive for a “specified substance,” Chastain declared the incident an unnecessary distraction.

“It’s news that they don’t need,” Chastain told Larry Brown Sports at the time. “As athletes, we have to be more careful. Whether you’ve been told one time something is OK, it’s always good to double and triple and quadruple check. Something as innocuous as a cold medication to clear up the sniffles could derail not only you as an individual, but perhaps a whole team.

After the U.S. crashed out of the 2007 World Cup with a semifinal loss to Brazil, Solo bashed head coach Greg Ryan for his decision to start veteran goalie Brianna Scurry. Despite the outburst and ensuing ostracism by her teammates, Solo’s in-your-face attitude helped her popularity skyrocket.

Will Solo’s latest comments stir things up? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The U.S. returns to the pitch Tuesday when it closes out group play against North Korea.


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