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Hope Solo. With the U.S. soccer star, there's rarely a dull moment.

Wednesday afternoon, Hope was apparently trying to either text or direct-message a friend, but ended up Tweeting out her phone number to 660,000 followers.

Solo quickly deleted the tweet ... then claimed it was a joke?

Hope S. Tweets

U ain't got that new number, Hope Solo followers! BURN!

The number was actually for her hair salon (we've been told, not that we called), making the situation - or Solo's rationalization of it - no less puzzling.

Naturally, this captured the attention of Solo's fans:

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Brandi Chastain has responded to Hope Solo's Twitter criticism of her recent commentary for ESPN, defending her comments as part of the job.

Chastain, who rose to fame during Team USA's 1999 World Cup win, pissed off Hope with her critique of America's performance at the Olympics.

Specifically, Chastain said defender Buehler actually needs to improve on her defense, a comment she stands by as both objective and honest.

Brandi and Hope

Chastain said in a statement: "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."

Solo, who turned 31 yesterday, said "it's too bad we can't have commentators who know more about the game" and told Brandi to "lay off commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated."

If Solo's comments have been any distraction to the team, you wouldn't know it. They're on the verge of beating North Korea to improve to 3-0.

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