U.S. goalie Solo apologizes on her Web site
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has posted an apology on her MySpace Web site for criticizing teammate Briana Scurry in postgame comments after the team's Women's World Cup semifinal loss to Brazil."I have felt compelled to clear the air regarding many of my postgame comments on Thursday night. I am not proud or happy the way things have come out," reads a statement attributed to Solo on her MySpace page. "In my eyes there is no justification to put down a teammate. That is not what I was doing." Solo, who had never faced Brazil, hadn't yielded a goal in almost 300 minutes in the tournament. But Scurry, who started for the 1999 World Cup winners, got the call from coach Greg Ryan even though she hadn't played a full match in three months. Brazil, sparked by two goals by Marta, routed the U.S. 4-0. After the game, Solo sharply questioned Ryan's decision, and in doing so, made comments that seemed to criticize Scurry. "There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves," Solo said. "You have to live in the present. And you can't live by big names. You can't live in the past." On Friday, Solo said while she still doubts Ryan's strategy, she did not mean to hurt Scurry. "Although I stand strong in everything I said, the true disheartening moment for me was realizing it could look as though I was taking a direct shot at my own teammate," Solo said, according to the Web site. "I would never throw such a low blow. Never." "I only wanted to speak of my own abilities yet also recognize that the past is the past. Things were taken out of context, or analyzed differently from my true meaning of my own words," she said, according to the Web site. "For that I am sorry. I hope everybody will come to know I have a deep respect for this team and for Bri." Earlier Friday, Ryan said there are "always opportunities for reconciliation." "This has only just happened. We'll work to try to get past this hurdle," he said.
|U.S. Goalie Controversy|
|• Hope Solo speaks out
• Greg Ryan responds
• Did Solo cross the line?