Wilmer Cabrera has compared the Hope Solo situation to that of the Colombian national team in the 1998 World Cup.
I'm curious that Cabrera, a defender, didn't comment how unusual and potentially upsetting to the defense it is to sub out a starting goalkeeper, as opposed to sending home a streaky striker. Other huge differences in the comparison include the fact that Colombia wasn't favored to win the World Cup, wasn't ranked number one in the world, didn't have that particular player working on a winning streak of around fifty games, and who was unbeaten in World Cup play up through the quarterfinals.
Yet certain similarities do exist. Faustino Asprilla accused his coach of having "untouchable" players after he was subbed out of his team's opening-round match.
Gomez received such criticism for his decision to expell Asprilla (the President of Colombia called and asked him to reconsider) , and the subsequent one to refuse to reinstate him after Asprilla apologized, that he resigned before the World Cup ended. Colombia's tepid offense scored one goal after Asprilla left, dropping out of the tournament in the group stage.
Of course, the Colombians still did better than the U.S. that year, which was having its own coaching conflicts with Steve Sampson.