Hope Solo booed over Zika comments in USWNT win


The U.S. women's national team opened up the Summer Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Wednesday, but that wasn't without something odd happening. While Solo didn't have any saves on her stat sheet, she still gets the win in a shutout game.

During the match, she was booed when touching the ball, with fans chanting "Zika" at her in reference to the insect-borne virus that has been a major health topic in the build-up to the games.

Solo upset some Brazilians before coming to the Olympics by tweeting a photo of herself wearing a hat with mosquito netting.

Solo is the best goalkeeper in the world and arguably the Americans' biggest advantage over any other team.

The 35-year-old World Cup victor and two-time Olympic gold medalist said she was not bothered by the crowd noise in Belo Horizonte's Estadio Mineirao and gave a calm explanation of her thoughts on the matter ahead of Saturday's Group G clash with France.

Hope and the rest of the American ladies return to action on Saturday, when they take on France on Saturday (4 PM EST, NBCSN). The oft-controversial goalkeeper spent the last few weeks poking fun at Brazil over Zika virus concerns, and Brazilian fans didn't take kindly to that. And I'm very focused in doing that.

"It's the Brazilians, they love soccer, they love football, it's part of the culture so I expect it, but they're having fun", said Hope Solo.

Solo, along with Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe led the fight for equal pay, threatening to skip the games entirely unless they were paid fairly.

The catalyst for the jeers was a pair of ill-conceived, half-serious tweets from two weeks ago regarding Solo's efforts to combat Zika - the virus that's frightened many Olympic-goers this year - while in Brazil.

"You look back in 2004 in Greece, and the same thing there, bad publicity surrounding the Games, and China as well", she said.

"Of course I want to go to the Olympics".

Hope Solo received harsh treatment from the crowd. "I hope the Brazilian people appreciate what we are trying to do with the ball and move past that".

"I never would want to offend the host country", the goalkeeper added.



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