Hope Solo Voices Frustration Over Not Starting, Losing to Brazil

Hope Solo was not thrilled with being passed over for the United States' semifinal World Cup loss to Brazil, and made sure everyone knew.

In a postgame interview with ESPN following the Americans' disappointing 4-0 loss, Solo did not pull any punches about coach Greg Ryan's surprising decision to start veteran Briana Scurry in goal.

"It was the wrong decision, and anyone who knows anything about the game knows that," Solo said. "There's no doubt in my mind that I would have made those saves."

Widely considered one of the top goaltenders in the history of women's soccer, Scurry did have a career record of 12-0 against Brazil, including a win over the South American side in the Olympic gold medal match in 2004.

However, the insertion of the 36-year-old was a gamble, especially since Solo had appeared in all four previous World Cup matches, and had posted a clean sheet in the previous three.

"The fact of the matter is that it is not 2004 anymore," Solo said. "It's 2007 and you have to live in the present and you can't live in the past.

"It does not matter what someone did in an Olympic gold medal game three years ago. Now is what matters and that's what I think."

Ryan stated that he picked Scurry due to her quick reflexes, but the veteran was shaky early. In the seventh minute, she came out to catch a free kick, but it slipped through her fingers.

Although Brazil was unable to capitalize on that, it did get a gift in the 20th minute when a lack of communication between Scurry and midfielder Leslie Osborne led to an own goal for the first score of the game.

Seven minutes later, Brazilian superstar Marta unleashed a shot that Scurry had hit off her fingertips before slipping into the low right corner.

Just before halftime, midfielder Shannon Boxx was sent off after getting her second yellow card for a poor call, all but cementing a loss for the U.S.

"Shannon Boxx getting sent off so early completely changed the game," Ryan said. "Yes, Brazil looked great, but we had to chase them round the park for the whole second half with 10 players."

Marta added her second goal of the game, and seventh in the World Cup, in the 79th minute to seal the rout.

Whether the controversial move figured into the decision or not, the U.S. had its 51-match unbeaten streak snapped, and absorbed its most lopsided defeat in World Cup history.

A two-time winner of the event, the Americans now must pick up the pieces and defeat Norway in the third-place game on Sunday to ensure that they avoid their worst finish in a World Cup. The U.S. placed third in both 1995 and 2003.

Whether Solo will return to goal after her outburst remains to be seen.

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