Hope Solo booed by Brazilian crowd at USWNT win


US Women’s National Team goalie Hope Solo received a lot of boos from the Brazilian crowd as she participated in a victory for the United States on Wednesday.

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With the Rio Summer Olympics now underway, goalkeeper Hope Solo found herself on the receiving end of boos, whistles, and even a “ZIKA!” taunt during the United States Women’s National Team’s recent game in Bela Horizontal, Brazil. The USWNT was playing against New Zealand and it was clear the Brazilian crowds were not fans of the women’s soccer goalie.

The team would go on to record the win in their first game, 2-0. Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan were heroes on offense as they scored the two USA goals. While Solo didn’t have any saves on her stat sheet, she still gets the win in a shutout game.

So why all the harsh treatment for Solo? Apparently, the former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant and gold-medal winning soccer player had posts on her Twitter which criticized Brazil for its Zika virus epidemic. Among them were several tweets showcasing her protective gear and supplies she was bringing along to the Summer Games.

Since those tweets, Solo has gone on to give praise to the host country tweeting, “So far the people, hotel, food & coffee in Brasil are wonderful!” However, it seems that message wasn’t enough to help the Brazilians get over her remarks towards Zika.

The good news is Solo is well prepared to handle adversity and pressure. She’s won gold at the past two Summer Olympics and will look to add her third this August. She’ll just have to withstand the threat of Zika virus chants, and seems able to withstand the virus itself thanks to her protective gear.

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