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Victory shirts rile U.S. women’s soccer opponents: ‘That’s why no one outside the US likes them’

Aug 10, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Goalkeeper Hope Solo of the U.S. celebrates with her team mates after winning their women's soccer final gold medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium Reuters

Following their 2-1 win over Japan in the gold medal match, the U.S. women left the field and returned wearing these Nike t-shirts, which read ‘Greatness Has Been Found’. Tacky? Unsportsmanlike? Many in press row said yes, that Team USA should have received the virtual yellow card for excessive celebration.

Or, should the detractors get a green card for excessive envy? You be the judge.

Canadian soccer writer Jarrad Peters was particularly unamused.


Well, I doubt that’s entirely true; and Canada’s disdain is understandable, considering the controversial nature of its loss to the U.S. Still, Peters is not alone in his assessment. Seems that Usain Bolt isn’t the only Olympian taking heat for celebration antics.

And if you think the shirts caused controversy, wait until other countries see this: some U.S. players were photographed after the game waving Terrible Towels and holding beers.

And for only $29.95, you can find greatness, too!

  1. southernpatriots - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    These American ladies earned the gold, earned the fame, earned the respect, and even earned the envy from their many miffed opponents. They have done something that has never been done before and have a fame that teams from all over the world, that almost worship this sport, envy with unadulterated extreme envy. I have heard some players from Germany, Japan, and Brazil interviewed and all spouted venomous words mixed in with their grudging admiration for the U.S. team. Such is the case with international soccer. The U.S. ladies did nothing wrong. Their colleagues in all other countries can just try to win the next one in 4 years, which the USA will win again! Go ladies!

  2. anotheryx - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I have no problem with celebratory shirt at all, what I find tacky is the wording.

    “Greatness has been found”, does that mean greatness would be lost forever if the team from USA somehow lost?

  3. sdsockers - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I agree, the shirts, along with their goal-scoring celebrations (the snake, synchronized cartwheels) are extremely unsportsmanlike.
    They are the best team in the world. Nobody argues that. But they have yet to learn that one should win with class, as well as lose with it.
    Celebrate when you win. Exult in victory. But don’t immediately, on the field in front of your opponent and a world-wide television audience, put on pre-ordered t-shirts that says you’re the greatest.

    • chumthumper - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      The essence of Barry Sanders in all sports is regretfully diminishing.

      • parkcityute - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Muhammad Ali was one of “the greatest” at self-promotion. Maybe the US team learned from that example.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Meh, I wonder what Mr. Peters said when the Canadian ladies’ Olympic hockey team took to the ice after they won gold? Makes the ‘Murkin dames’ celebration look like a tea party.

  5. t16rich - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Such a chump medal. The Bronze is the real gold in this particular event.

  6. jason9696 - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Just Americans being their tacky selves as usual. What an embarrassment.

  7. ahhhyeah - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Is it any worse than the Canadian womens soccer team smoking cigars and drinking beer on the ice after they won the gold? I don’t think so. I know they are not the same sports but the idea is the same. Is it more unsportsmanlike than Tancredi stomping on Lloyd’s head? Nope. They are just shirts. There was much respect between Japan and the USA and it was clearly displayed during and after the match. People need to stop being so hypersensitive about everything.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      It was the Canadian womens’ ice hockey team. Nonetheless, both teams have to learn how to win with grace. Do that nonsense behind closed doors. People really don’t understand that we aren’t liked outside the U.S. borders.

  8. apmn - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Yeah, it’s not like they won the Grey Cup or something!

  9. stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Wait a minute people. Didn’t we have huge issues (an uproar really) with the Brazilian Women’s Volleyball team celebrating with syncronized somersaults, dances on the podium, etc…
    We can’t have it both ways.

    • parkcityute - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Are you implying there might be a little hypocrisy? Of course there is. Jealousy, envy, and hypocrisy.