Hope Solo helped the U.S. Women’s National Team get off to an ideal start to their Olympic campaign Wednesday night, yet - after the game - Solo's 101st international shutout was far from the topic of conversation.
During the United States’ 2-0 win over New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, fans inside the Estadio Mineirao booed Solo’s every touch - and heckled the star goalie with chants of ‘Zi-ka’ on her goal kicks.
Solo went public with her concerns about the Zika virus early in 2016, and has since been active discussing the topic on social media.
In a post-match interview, Solo addressed the booing.
“At least it’s loud in the stadium,” Solo told Sebastian Salazar of NBC Sports. "I’d rather have that than hear a needle drop.”
U.S. Head Coach Jill Ellis also addressed the chants in her post-match press conference.
"The Brazilians, they love soccer, they love football. It's part of the culture so I expect it. But they're having fun. I mean, at least it's loud in the stadium. I'd rather have that than hear a needle drop."
Solo and her U.S. teammates return to the Estadio Mineirao on Saturday when they face France in the team’s second group-phase match of the tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 P.M. ET, and the game will be broadcast on NBCSN.