Hope Solo (born July 30, 1981) is an United states association football goalkeeper who currently plays for the Magicjack of Women’s Professional Soccer. She is the current beginning goalkeeper for the United States Of America women’s national soccer team.
Hope Solo was born in Richland, Washington on July 30, 1981. Her father Jeffrey, of Italian descent who were raised in the Bronx, was a sometimes-homeless Vietnam War veteran. It was Jeffrey who coached her how you can play football. Even though her parents divorced when she was six and she lived with her mother, Solo maintained a close relationship with her father, who remained a major influence in her own living till his unexpected passing away of heart failure in June 2007.
Soccer & club career
Hope Solo has played soccer with the Three-Rivers Soccer Club in the Tri-Cities. As a forward at Richland High School, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three continuous league titles from 1996-1998 and a state championship in her senior year. She was twice named a Parade All American. At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals-against average (GAA). She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.
Following her college career, Solo was drafted for the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She made 19 league appearances for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC of Göteborg, Sweden inside the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and played for Olympique Lyonnais inside the French First Division in 2005.
On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for Saint Louis Athletica inside the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league beginning play in April 2009. Solo let in six goals inside the first four games as Athletica got off to a very slow 0-2-2 start in their first season. She conceded eight goals in her next 13 games and finished the season with eight shutouts. In 2009 Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year.
In May 2010 the Saint Louis Athletica folded and Solo signed with another WPS team, Atlanta Beat, along with two St. Louis teammates. As her previous number (1) was taken, she took #78 for the Beat. Solo’s comments on social networking website Twitter led to two separate controversies; after she accused Boston Breakers supporters of offensive chanting and racism, then questioned the integrity of match officials and the league itself following the Beat’s 1-0 defeat to Washington Freedom. The second outburst resulted in a $2,500 fine and one-match suspension. After the end of the season, Solo underwent surgery on her right shoulder on September 22.
Ahead of the 2011 Women’s Expert Soccer season, Hope Solo signed for new franchise magicJack.
Hope Solo played for U.S. junior national soccer teams before joining the full U.S. national team in 2000. Her senior debut came in an 8-0 win over Iceland at Davidson, North Carolina in April 2000. She was named a member of the Olympic team in 2004, making the 2004 Olympics in Athens as an alternate. Solo became the team’s starting goalkeeper in 2005. She has recorded several clean sheets and once went 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal, a streak that finished in a 4-1 victory against France inside the Algarve Cup.
2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Hope Solo was the beginning goalkeeper for the United States inside the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, giving up two goals in four games including sequential shotouts of Sweden, Nigeria and England. Heading into the semifinal match against Brazil, U.S. coach Greg Ryan benched Solo in favor of 36-year-ancient veteran U.S. keeper Briana Scurry, who had a strong history of performance against the Brazilians but had not played a complete match in three months. The U.S. lost to Brazil 4-0, ending a 51-match (regulation time) undefeated streak, while playing much of the match with 10 players after midfielder Shannon Boxx received a second yellow card at the end of the first half.
Post-2007 World Cup fallout
In an improvised interview following the match, a plainly disappointed Solo belittled Ryan’s verdict. “It was the incorrect choice, and I reckon anyone that knows anything about the match understands that. There is no hesitation in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is it’s not 2004 anymore. It’s not 2004. And it is 2007, and I reckon you have to live in the current. And also you can’t live by huge names. You can’t live within the past. It doesn’t matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold medal match inside the Olympics three years back. Now is what matters, and that’s what I reckon.”Many viewed her comments as being critical of Scurry’s performance, despite the fact that Solo released an apologetic statement the following day saying that was not her intent. On September 29, 2007, coach Greg Ryan announced that Solo would not be with the team and would not play within the third-place match against Norway the following day. Team captain Kristine Lilly stated that the choice on Solo was made by the team as a group. The U.S. went on to win against Norway 4-1.
Hope Solo was titled to the U.S. women’s national soccer team roster for the post World Cup tour, but she did not attend the very first workout in front of the first match versus Mexico. Even though the players’ contract with the federation stipulated that everyone on the World Cup roster had the right to play in the tour, she didn’t play in any of the three games against Mexico, being replaced by Briana Scurry for the 1st and third games, and Nicole Barnhart for the second. The third match against Mexico, on October 20, 2007, marked the end of the U.S. women’s national team’s 2007 season. The team regrouped in January 2008 to start arrangements to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Ryan left the team after his contract weren’t renewed in December 2007
2008 Summer Olympics
On June 23, 2008, it was announced Hope Solo would be the beginning goalkeeper for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In a reversal of roles from the 2004 Olympics, Brianna Scurry did not make the team, though she was an alternate. On August 21, the U.S. women’s team won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1-0 in extra time, in no small measure due to Solo’s performance as she stopped an energetic Brazilian attack, making save after save.
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
?n spite of missing much of the passing campaign with a shoulder injury, Hope Solo was titled to the U.S. roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. After keeping clean sheets in group C wins over North Korea and Colombia, Solo conceded 2 goals in the 2-1 loss to Sweden which consigned the Americans to second place inside the group and a quarterfinal meeting with Brazil.
The quarter final match between U.S. and Brazil was sent into a penalty shoot-out after U.S. forward Abby Wambach tied the match at 2-2 in over time at the end of extra-time. Solo saved the third Brazil penalty kick by Daiane, improving the U.S. safe a semifinal spot against France. Following the quarterfinal success, Hope Solo made a comment on the performance and spirit of the U.S. players during the match, “Even when we were a player down and a goal behind in extra time, you believed that something would come about,” and added that “[the] team kept fighting. You cannot teach that. It’s a feeling – and we play with that feeling.”
Hope Solo became the twenty-seventh American woman, and second goalkeeper, to achieve One hundred caps with her start within the 3-1 semifinal attract France.
Speaking to the media following the match, Solo reflected upon the tournament so far, “It was a tough-fought road [...] It hasn’t been simple, but this is where we anticipated to be. We came that much, we better go all the way.”
In the final, the U.S. team lost 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice taking the lead in an eventual 2-2 draw. Solo stated popularity of the Japanese team and offered her congratulations. Solo earned the “Golden Glove” award for best goal keeper, and the “Bronze Ball” award for her operation. She was also featured in the “All-star” team of the tournament.
Hope Solo Athlete Information
A four-time All-Pac-10 selection who finished her career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and GAA (1.02).
Was named an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Birthday: July 30, 1981
Hometown: Richland, Washington
Taken in the very first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge.
Battled very early season personal injuries, but played in eight games and had a 1.25 goals-against average.
Played in the Swedish First Division in 2004 with Goteborg and in the French First Division with Olympique Lyonnaise in 2005.
Hope Solo was named to her first Olympics by coach Pia Sundhage, and will likely start in goal.