Prior to the U.S. women's 5-1 win over Mexico on Saturday in its first game since its third-place finish at the Women's World Cup, goalkeeper Hope Solo
released a statement through U.S. Soccer
in which she apologized for lashing out following the 4-0 semifinal loss to Brazil: "I would like to apologize to my teammates, coaches and everyone else adversely affected by my comments at the
Women's World Cup. This public apology comes later than it should have, but I hope that does not diminish the fact that I am truly sorry. I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for my
actions. I let my teammates down and have lost their trust. ...
"I would like to especially apologize to Greg Ryan and Briana Scurry. There is no excuse for insulting a coach or a teammate.
My focus now is solely on reconciliation with the team. I am here to support the team for these games, but after apologizing in person to all my teammates and the coaches, I have made the choice not
to suit up for these games since I believe this is the first step in the healing process.
"As I work to regain the team's trust, I will not be making any more public comments at this time.
The healing process has started, but I understand that I have a lot of work to do with my teammates and that is my focus moving forward."