Internet reacts to crushing USWNT quarterfinal loss to Sweden
The US women’s national soccer team fell to Sweden in a crusher on Friday, losing a 1-1 tie in penalties in the women’s quarterfinals in Rio.
The match featured more than its share of drama even prior to the penalty portion, with disallowed goals blemishing an otherwise engaging game across the board.
Quite plainly, this was a gut-checking humbler for the USWNT, and the reaction on Twitter to the defeat ranged everywhere from dumbstruck to sad to downright rancorous.
Heartbroken for the team+staff, for our fans, for my family. Today's loss will make winning that much sweeter. Learn, grow, and never forget
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 12, 2016
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) August 12, 2016
Wow. USWNT loses to Sweden in the QFs. Shocked. But, Sweden was better today. Especially their keeper.
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) August 12, 2016
Embarrassing loss by the USWNT today. We should feel awful about the game and I guarantee they do. No sugar coating it.
— Scott Leese (@sleese555) August 12, 2016
Awful loss from the #USWNT
— Jordan Indermuhle (@Jmuhle_10) August 12, 2016
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 12, 2016
#USWNT performance is about as embarrassing as England vs. Iceland
— (((Purgatory FC))) (@ChiTownSpurs) August 12, 2016
Terrible loss but USWNT will only come back stronger. Why all the gloom?
— MLS (@TheMLSshow) August 12, 2016
Gutted for the USWNT. Going out in the q'finals to Sweden on penalties is embarrassing for a usually excellent side. https://t.co/kg8r1g4Wkz
— Graham J (@GrahamJ97) August 12, 2016
I would have said this is USWNT won: I hate PKs. Although exciting, it's a terrible way to pick a winner.
— #BeatFordham (@SingingSecond) August 12, 2016
— Todd Zoltoski (@tzee9) August 12, 2016
The harshest criticism after the loss was leveled toward U.S. keeper Hope Solo, who called the Swedish players "cowards" in her post-match presser.
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) August 12, 2016
This didn’t go over well:
— Jason Mills (@iamjasonmills) August 12, 2016
My favorite thing about Hope Solo is that her fans have to defend her the way Trump fans defend him. "She didn't really mean what she said"
— Zito (@_Zeets) August 12, 2016
Hope Solo's negative aura is so overwhelming that her karma brought about the loss.
— Maxi Rodriguez (@FutbolIntellect) August 12, 2016
Hope Solo is a fantastic player, and a terrible person.
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) August 12, 2016
not gonna lie, not sad that hope solo lost https://t.co/82qqhayhRN
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) August 12, 2016
Every time Hope Solo loses an Angel gets its wings
— Allison Currie (@AlleyDalley) August 12, 2016
Mope Solo https://t.co/FKg5PuQYFi
— David Morrow (@Dmorrow96) August 12, 2016
More like Nope Solo if you ask me.
— mike mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) August 12, 2016
hey @hopesolo, Sweden weren't cowards, the USA was outplayed and outcoached.
— pidge's protector ツ (@starryclovers) August 12, 2016
Jabba's reaction to Hope Solo pic.twitter.com/cOCFxaTUTG
— Jared (@gothedistance49) August 12, 2016
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 12, 2016
Hope Solo disgracing the Solo family name more than Kylo Ren.
— Kris (@5kl) August 12, 2016
Losing to Sweeden won't help Hope Solo's anger issues.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) August 12, 2016
I have so many hot takes about what Hope Solo pulled. Has any person been a worse caretaker of their own legacy? https://t.co/uW0llziCb9
— Richard Farley (@richardfarley) August 12, 2016
Please kick Hope Solo off Team USA. She's been a constant source of embarrassment and every time she gets to keep doing it, it hurts more.
— J.J. (@JJfromKansas) August 12, 2016
Yeah. Solo didn’t come into this Olympics with an unending good well of public support, and things like lambasting an opponent doesn’t help her cause.
Dan is on Twitter. Oreo was cowardly for not making Swedish Fish Oreos sooner.