Infamy is still a type of fame. This morning, I woke up to press all over the world talking about the spectacular fall of the Americans in the World Cup. They didn't just lose. They crashed and burned in flames of controversy. However, this captured the attention of a lot of people (much like the famous bra moment when Chastain clinched).
Frankly, the U.S. team is now a bigger story than the amazingly talented Brazil team that beat them. The American women have finally received the attention they sought. It wasn't for what they hoped for, but it's publicity.
If Ryan had let Solo play, and the defense had been more organized, and a new, fresh-legged forward had scored a goal, the U.S. could have still lost, say 2-1 and it would be a respectable loss that wouldn't have drawn the kind of attention that this story of coach versus goalkeeper has.
Solo's comments blows up the image of the team as "good little girls". Some might say, "good riddance" Others probably liked the angelic angle.
Anyway, here are a few of the stories that I thought were especially interesting on the topic.
What's also notable is that a lot of the outlets covering this story never bother with soccer at all, let alone women's soccer. They would have mentioned a World Cup win, sure, but not covered this story with all the commentary unless something like this happened.