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“There were times when we could have possessed the ball better,” Sundhage said. “We were a little bit naive, naive in the middle. I can see the players want to do some great things out there — it is the Olympics — but sometimes we could have been a little bit smarter and kept the ball.”

Mostly, however, Solo had plenty of downtime to think about her next series of tweets. She ruffled feathers after the last game by using Twitter to criticize NBC analyst and former U.S. player Brandi Chastain’s commentary. Despite the meeting with the coach, Solo didn’t back down her comments and said Tuesday the team wasn’t affected by any distractions.

“Do you see the way our team is performing?” Solo said. “We’re having fun. We’re scoring goals. We swept our group. I don’t think there’s any distractions.”

The goal came on a play set up by Cheney’s long ball to Alex Morgan, who slid a pass between two defenders to Wambach for an easy tap-in and her third goal of the tournament. Morgan and Wambach both hit the right post in the first half, part of a series of near-misses that kept the score close.

“Even though some of us played 90 minutes, it was definitely a restful game for a lot of us, which is the most important thing,” Wambach said. “Because we need fresh legs going in the quarterfinals, which is where the fun begins. You lose and you go home.”