A long absence of the Around MLS bit returns with, funny enough, less MLS news than you'd expect. This normally wouldn't matter but I feel like I have to weigh in on the brouhaha that has been caused by Hope Solo's now-infamous twitter rant against NBC commentator and US Soccer icon Brandi Chastain.
If you haven't seen the tweets, they're easy enough to find on google, as "Hope Solo" automatically assumes you mean "Hope Solo Twitter Brandi Chastain".
All the drama centers around Solo publicly lashes out on twitter at Chastain for supposedly being negative about the US's team's chances, and she has a fair point. Chastain did engage in some negativity, but I found most of it warranted. None of Chastain's criticisms were false or exaggerated, and she was pointing out some issues the USA was having on the field. I believe that most of the negative commentary stems from a person who is not as experienced as a color analyst and more focused on the technical side of things. It's easy for an expert on a subject matter to find 100 different mistakes in their area of expertise and I'm sure it was no different with Brandi Chastain's analysis. The comments Chastain kept making got a bit grating after a bit, but again none of it seems to have been based on some kind of malice or desire to put down the team.
Even if it was, Solo's public rant really hurts her own image. I'm sure she sees herself as sticking up for her teammates, and no doubt her friends on the team appreciate it, but there are better ways to go about things than picking a twitter fight against a soccer player that is significantly more accomplished.
What do you think? Did Hope Solo go too far or did Brandi Chastain need to be put in place?
In other MLS news, the Colrado Rapids are tanking the season almost as hard as FC Dallas is, and are now having to deal with a sixth straight loss.Oscar Pareja is taking responsibility for the form the team is showing, but as I've said before I don't think he has much to work with in the Rapids. Pareja has some choices quotes about the losing streak, these coming via Chris Bianchi on the MLS website:
"Despite the moment, despite the bad results, despite of this situation when we run out of answers, Colorado Rapids fans are there pushing, giving us a great example. … We feel it. I want to tell them that we are, I’m going to say, embarrassed. Because they deserve more than this."