Brandi Chastain Responds to Hope Solo’s Twitter Rant

Brandi Chastain and Hope Solo Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images

Things may be intense on the soccer field at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but tensions are running just as high behind the scenes.

Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain won raves for her 1999 victory, but 13 years later, she's angering fellow soccer star Hope Solo in her critique of Team USA's performance at the Games so far.

"As a defender, your responsibilities are to defend . . . win the ball, and then keep possession," Chastain, 44, said on NBC. "And that's something that [defender] Rachel Buehler actually needs to improve on in this tournament."

Dancing With the Stars alum Solo, 31, quickly took to Twitter to respond to Chastain in a series of angry messages in support of Buehler. "It's too bad we can't have commentators who better represent the team and know more about the game," Solo wrote in a tweet addressed to Chastain. "Lay off commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated. The game has changed from a decade ago."

While Solo is not expected to be disciplined for her string of tweets, Chastain has a few choice words in response to the Olympic controversy.

"My only comment is I am in London to cover women's soccer for NBC in an honest and objective fashion, and that is what I have done, and will continue to do for the rest of the tournament," she told Us Weekly exclusively.

Team USA's women's soccer squad takes on North Korea Tuesday.

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