Solo removed from team
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has been ejected from the team for Sunday's third-place game against Norway. The ejection come after Solo harshly criticized her coach and teammate, Briana Scurry, after Thursdays semifinal game which the U.S. lost 4-0 to Brazil.
Before the Brazil game, U.S. coach Greg Ryan decided to bench Solo and go with the more experienced Scurry in goal, despite the fact that Solo had not allowed a goal in the last 300 minutes she had played. After the embarrassing defeat Solo lashed out at coach Ryan about his decision and criticized Scurry's play.
The decision to kick Solo off the team was supported by the teams remaining 20 players.
The U.S. women had been unbeaten in their previous 51 outings and were heavy favorites to win the Womens' World Cup, but now may be forced to settle for third place.