USWNT coach Jill Ellis responds to Hope Solo’s criticism

first_img Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings “I mean, comments are comments,” Ellis said (per Yahoo Sports). “For me, personally, I feel over the past five years I’ve made a lot of important decisions and I have processes to make those decisions, and I own those processes. At this point, everything and every focus is about this group of players that are here and now. Pundits, out there, that’s part of it. And part of the message is always to make sure that the focus is on the internal part of the game. And that’s where we are.”Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been outspoken about her time on the national time. She played 202 caps, but she was suspended for six months after she called Sweden “a bunch of cowards” following the 2016 Olympics, and then her contract was terminated by the U.S. She hasn’t represented the USWNT since.Ellis, in her fifth year as head coach of the national team, is ready to focus on the World Cup. The Americans enter as defending champions with the chance to earn their fourth title, the most in the history of the tournament. “She relies heavily on her assistant coaches. She cracks under the pressure quite a bit,” Solo said earlier this month on a BBC podcast. “But often that doesn’t matter because the quality of the players on the U.S. team is superb. It doesn’t matter who is coaching us because we will find a way to win. The United States knows how to find a way to win in spite of who the coach is.”Ellis, however, took the high road in her response to Solo’s comments. Solo played under Ellis and was in goal for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. She played an integral role in bringing back the Americans’ third title. U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis seemingly shrugged off the criticism former goalkeeper Hope Solo shared in regards to Ellis’ leadership. Solo questioned Ellis’ ability to lead the national team in the days leading up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, saying Ellis is “not the leader I wish her to be.” Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT wants to continue dominant history Women’s World Cup 2019: Experience key to USA’s successlast_img

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