There's not a lot of love lost between former U.S. women's soccer star Brandi Chastain and current star Hope Solo.
Chastain, a former defender turned analyst, and Solo, the team's current goalkeeper, traded barbs (or perceived barbs) Saturday during and after the United States' 3-0 win against Colombia.
During the game, Chastain made several remarks about the United States' defense and in particular defender Rachel Buehler. Buehler gave the ball away and Chastain remarked that Buehler needed to work on her defensive possession.
Upon hearing about these comments, Solo came to her defender's aid on Twitter:
Since the World Cup last summer, Chastain, a former defender who is best known for scoring the game-winning penalty kick (and subsequently taking her shirt off) against China in the 1999 World Cup, has used her platform as an analyst to dish out some heavy-handed comments about the current national team, its strategies and some of its tactics. Solo has been at the forefront of firing back, using Twitter and various media interviews to launch attacks at Chastain.
After the U.S. women defeated the Dominican Republic 14-0 in January, a record-breaking performance in Olympic qualifying, Solo launched this grenade toward Chastain:
"@brandichastain hey brandi did you find anything positive in our game? Curious minds over here..."
In July, after Solo had tested positive for a banned substance, Chastain told Larry Brown Sports that Solo's positive test was a distraction the team didn't need heading into the Olympics. It didn't matter that the U.S. Anti-Doping Association let Solo off with a warning after she stated that the banned substance came from prescribed medication.
"I was disappointed that it came up because for as careful as I think everybody is, I think we could all go without some medication for a short amount of time and not suffer too greatly," Chastain told the website. "The good thing about this news is that it's at a time when we can still be able to talk about it, discuss it, get over it, and move on. There's enough time before the start of the Olympics to put it behind them once they've taken care of it."
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So here we are again, two of soccer's most visible stars — past and present — making the chasm between the old and new guard of women's soccer that much greater. With the Olympics just getting started and the U.S. through to the quarterfinals, this probably won't be the last we hear from either party.
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