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As if the competition on the field weren't enough, Olympic athlete Hope Solo has challenged fellow soccer champion Brandi Chastain on Twitter. The feud kicked off on Friday, following the women's soccer game between the U.S. and Colombia. Alhough the U.S. Women's National Team won 3-0, Chastain (who is working as a commentator at the London games) felt that their defense needed work.
"As a defender, your responsibilities are to defend... win the ball, and then keep possession," Chastain, 44, said on NBC. "And that's something that [defender] Rachel Buehler actually needs to improve on in this tournament."
Solo, 31, came rushing to her teammate's defense on Twitter, accusing two-time gold medalist Chastain of being behind the times.
"Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain!" Solo tweeted on Saturday. "Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago."
Solo, who has an added fan following from her run on Dancing with the Stars, felt that Chastain's comments were harmful to both the Olympic women's team and the game itself.
"Its important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics.Its not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender!" Solo added. "I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc [soccer commentator] @arlowhite is fantastic.@brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport."
While she did not respond on Twitter, Chastain told the press on Sunday that she's just doing her job: being "an honest and objective analyst at the Olympics."
Since Twitter fights are new territory for the Olympics, Solo will not be punished for her outburst. However, coach Pia Sundhage did give Chastain some advice about keeping her thoughts to herself for the sake of the team.
"We had a conversation: If you look at the women's national team, what do you want (people) to see? What do you want them to hear? And that's where we do have a choice," Sundage told reporters.
As for the team, they've already moved on. In the words of co-captain Abby Wambach: "At the end of the day, none of it matters. Because what really does matter is the results." Next up, the U.S. women's soccer team will be playing North Korea on Tuesday.