Hope Solo isn’t bothered by Brazilian booing.
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U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Solo, 35, was booed heavily on Wednesday by local fans in Belo Horizonte.
Every time the veteran USWNT goalkeeper touched the ball in their Rio 2016 opener she was heckled as chants of “ole, ole, ole, ole, Zika, Zika” were also directed at her from the fans in the stands.
You can watch it all take place, here.
Ahead of the USA’s opening game at the Rio 2016 Olympics — a 2-0 victory over New Zealand to open group play — Solo sent out a number of tweets regarding the current outbreak of the Zika virus in the nation.
In the months leading up to the games she had also revealed her concerns about participating but the Associated Press has the following comment from Solo after the game.
“I’m glad the fans had fun,” Solo said. “And if they had fun at my expense, more power to them.”
Solo had earlier apologized to the Brazilian public, some of whom were offended by messages she sent out on Twitter which showed her wearing a hat with mosquito netting and having copious amounts of insect repellent in her room at the Olympic village.
The USWNT’s head coach, Jill Ellis, also brushed off the heckling.
“That’s something hopefully they will put behind them and realize that Hope has apologized to the Brazilian people,” Ellis said. “Sometimes mistakes are made. We are used to getting booed in other countries, so that part of it is not foreign. I hope the Brazilian people appreciate what we are trying to do with the ball and move past that.”
Solo and the USWNT are back in action this Saturday against France in Belo Horizonte in a mouth-watering match.
Let’s see what kind of reception Solo and the rest of the U.S. squad get this weekend. I’m guessing it will be pretty similar.