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Sundhage says Solo had sun in eyes

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said goalkeeper Hope Solo had the sun in her eyes when she gave up two early goals in the USA's 4-2 win against France in its Olympic opener.

"She played better in the second half," Sundhage said. "I think the sun was a little bit bothering to her according to (goalkeeper coach) Paul Rogers, who has been working with her for a long time. Right now she's really good. I think she was a little bit unlucky in the first half but she played with confidence in the second half. It will be interesting to follow her in the coming games."

Solo said:

"Was the sun a factor, as coach Pia said? I will never use that as an excuse (laughing). There was definitely a glare. It's a factor, but so is rain and wind. It's the Olympics and I won't use it as an excuse."

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