It's possible that Sunil Gulati, the President of U.S. Soccer, faces a weird quandry. Frankly, so many have spun Hope Solo's comments as a complete betrayal of her team that if Gulati decides to replace Greg Ryan, he may be seen as supporting a complaining athlete.
That's another P.R. fiasco.
On the other hand, enough knowledgeable soccer people are upset about what's gone on with the team that it's hard to believe the federation can stand by and do nothing.
What I find curious is how Solo's words have been given so much power. I agree with one of our readers here, that what she said should never have been such a big deal. But it has grown into that.
She is now paying the price.
Via an email from a U.S. Soccer insider:
If Hope had the maturity to not feel like she has to blurt out during a highly emotional time, despite the advice of [the team press officer] to the contrary, she would have been playing in the third-place match and the only one on the hot seat would be Greg Ryan.