"For me, personally, I feel over the past five years I've made a lot of important decisions and I have processes to make those decisions, and I own those processes".
"One of the biggest things I learned from going through the whole process is just the importance of creating boundaries".
Hope Solo, who started in goal for the U.S.in the last three Women's World Cups, isn't on the team for this tournament, but she made her presence felt just the same, blasting coach Jill Ellis in a weekend interview with the BBC. Solo, who is working as a World Cup commentator for the BBC, told the British network that Ellis "cracks under pressure quite a bit" and often refused to let her players review video of their defensive mistakes because she was anxious it would damage their confidence.
'Pundits, out there, that's part of it. She returned to the team under coach Pia Sundhage and won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
'She relies heavily on her assistant coaches. "She cracks under the pressure quite a bit", Solo said on the podcast.
Distractions come with the territory of being a US women's national team player.
Solo did not play particularly well in Rio, and in the fallout from the loss she called the Swedes "a bunch cowards" for using what she viewed as overly defensive tactics against the U.S. She was suspended from the national team and had her contract terminated by the U.S. Soccer Federation after making those remarks, which the USSF said fit a pattern of "conduct that is counter to the organization's principles".
Now 37, Solo has not played for the national team or professionally since that suspension. According to Pro Soccer USA, Solo lives with her husband Jerramy Stevens in North Carolina on 50 acres and has been busy since the 2015 World Cup. There was also an off-field altercation with family members in 2014, although charges in that case were dismissed.
"I don't think about whether it's a back-to-back or whether we're defending a World Cup", Ellis said (per FIFA.com).
Solo won the Golden Glove at the past two World Cups and is working for the BBC at this year's tournament. This is a different team in terms of personalities, players, system; there's so many differences that it's a new journey for us. "I have a lot of respect for the career she had".
Midfielder Julie Ertz said the team is in its World Cup "bubble", where players shut out distractions.