What's Buzzing:

Dirty Tackle

Former U.S. women’s coach denies Hope Solo’s claim that he shoved her in 2007

Dirty Tackle

View photo

.

Former U.S. women's team coach Greg Ryan with Hope Solo in 2007. (AP)

Hope Solo has returned home after winning her second Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. women's national team, but claims made about the 2007 World Cup fallout in her well-timed new book "Solo: A Memoir of Hope" are diverting attention from her Olympic success. And now former U.S. coach Greg Ryan is denying an allegation Solo makes in the book that he shoved her during a heated meeting where Ryan told her she wouldn't be playing in the team's semifinal against Brazil at that World Cup. The U.S. went on to lose 4-0 with veteran Brianna Scurry in goal. Solo drew sharp criticism from teammates and fans for going on live television after the match and saying,"It was the wrong decision, and I think anyone who knows anything about the game of soccer knows that."

Here's the passage from Solo's book that makes the claim against Ryan (via Business Insider):

"We were both silent. I had nothing left to say so I stood up to leave. Greg leaned over and pushed me back down on the couch. Hard. 'You f***ing leave when I say you can leave,' he said."

Ryan, who became the head coach of the University of Michigan women's team in 2008 after his contract with the U.S. expired, was quick to refute this version of events. From Fox Soccer:

"This allegation is completely false," Ryan said in a prepared statement released to the media. "I did not shove or push Hope as I've been accused in her book. I would have been terminated immediately by US Soccer had this allegation been true. I have openly discussed the contents of the meeting and this is the first time that this accusation has been brought to light."

A coach physically assaulting one of his players is obviously a serious accusation and it is curious that Solo wouldn't bring this to the attention of the U.S. Soccer Federation at the time, rather than waiting five years to publish it in a book. Solo does write that there was a witness to this incident though, and she makes it clear that she felt she didn't have many friends within the national team around that time.

Related video from Yahoo! Sports:

Solo's contempt for Ryan is also made clear elsewhere in the book. "If I had made a list of all the people I thought might coach the national team, Greg Ryan would probably have been dead last," she says as a way of introducing him. And in an excerpt published by ESPN, she says that teammates Abby Wambach and current captain Christie Rampone were among the "older players" who made her apologize to Scurry in front of the whole team -- an apology that her teammates deemed "insincere" before suspending her from all team activities.

It's probably best that this book was released after the U.S. won gold in London rather than before.

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Tim Brown: Felix Hernandez extends unprecedented run of perfect games in baseball
Michael Silver: Steve Smith having 'fun' again after nearly losing spot with Panther
Shabazz Muhammad reportedly won't join UCLA in China due to NCAA investigation
Y! Finance: How #NBCFail Became "the Most Watched TV Event in US History"

View Comments (1472)
  • Nearly-man Lee to carry the burden for Malaysia again

    Nearly-man Lee to carry the burden for Malaysia again

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A nation's hopes of Olympic glory can be a burden for the toughest of athletes but few can know of the pressure that befalls badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei. The loser of successive gold medal duels … More »

    Reuters - 2 minutes 32 seconds ago
  • Hamels picks up 11th victory; Rangers top Royals 7-4

    Hamels picks up 11th victory; Rangers top Royals 7-4

    Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre homered and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Saturday night. Hamels, who is 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA in his past nine starts, limited the … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 minutes 26 seconds ago
  • California Chrome wins San Diego Handicap

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- California Chrome beat Dortmund by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 $200,000 San Diego Handicap, the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade I $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20. … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 minutes 30 seconds ago
  • Ticats rally for huge victory over Eskimos

    The Hamilton Tiger-Cats rallied from 31-6 down to beat the Edmonton Eskimos 37-31, the biggest comeback in Ticats history. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 7 minutes ago
  • At age 37, Ivo Karlovic to face Monfils in Citi Open final

    At age 37, Ivo Karlovic to face Monfils in Citi Open final

    Even Ivo Karlovic willingly admits that whatever success he has on a tennis court is due mainly to his big serve. Well, that one stroke is in fine form at the moment, and so is Karlovic, closing in on a second consecutive title at age 37. Karlovic … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago