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'Bunch of cowards' comment should be last straw for Solo

USWNT ended its Olympics bid in a dramatic fashion on Friday.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Hope Solo is an embarrassment to both her team and her country.

Whether U.S. Soccer will finally have the guts to cut ties with its brilliant but boorish star is another matter.

The perennial problem child was at it again Friday, mouthing off after the Americans made their earliest exit ever from a major tournament and calling Sweden “a bunch of cowards.”

“The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that,” Solo said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I think you saw American heart.”

It makes no difference if the U.S. women displayed the grit and never-give-up attitude that is a trademark of American athletes. They could have played a woman or two down, bloodied and bruised and it would not excuse Solo acting like a poor loser and taking potshots at an opponent.

Look, she has every right to be disappointed. The loss on penalty kicks ended the U.S. streak of Olympic titles at three, and continued the no-gold jinx of reigning World Cup…

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