Hope Solo to object to U.S. Soccer equal pay deal?
So the U.S. men’s national team head coach is set for the rest of his life to spend all week traveling around the world, training every day. But does he have plans for a new car?
He’s had so many injuries. When he was training with the national team in 2009, midfielder Clint Dempsey tore an Achilles tendon, and when he is going to the U-20 World Cup in August, right back Michael Orozco was also injured.
And the U.S. women’s national team coach, now, Hope Solo, has had so many injuries. When she was in college, she tore a ligament in her ankle. When she was assistant coach of the U.S. team at the 2011 World Cup, she had to play through tears of pain.
And now, the U.S. women’s national team will be heading to Canada to square off against Canada in a CONCACAF-sanctioned friendly on June 25.
The questions are growing more about Solo and whether they have put too much pressure on the U.S. team.
After the final group match against Canada (7-4-3), Solo’s decision not to shake hands with the Canadian team to show solidarity with the U.S. fans left a bit of an awkwardness for U.S soccer’s highest profile female coach.
But what about a big-name, big-spending goalkeeper coach?
“I don’t know why Hope doesn’t say thank you, for all the work Coach [Pablo] Mastroeni and the training staff did for her,” former U.S. men’s national team forward Jozy Altidore, who has played for the U.S. at the senior men’s and women’s national teams, told SI.com.
“Hope Solo has been through unbelievable personal hardships because of the U.S. team. If they say something about being grateful, then I’m going to say something about her being a bitch. If they make fun of Hope, then I’m going to make fun of them.”
Solo’s contract expires after the 2013