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Hope Solo        

Former Professional Soccer Goalkeeper; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion

Hope Solo is widely considered the best goalkeeper in the world and has been the starter for the United States women's national team since 2005. She has recently returned to the starting lineup after undergoing major surgery in September of 2010, missing all of World Cup qualifying.

She scored 109 goals as a high school forward before moving to goal in college where she played for the University of Washington near her hometown of Richland, Washington.

She played in her first World Cup and allowed two goals in four games before being benched by coach Greg Ryan before the 2007 semifinal, a 4-0 loss to Brazil. She was suspended from the team after she criticized Ryan after the match. She returned to the team shortly after and was once again the starting goalkeeper for the 2008 Olympics. She shut out Brazil in the gold medal game, including a heart-stopping, point-blank save on Brazilian super star Marta in the second half.

Solo started her Women's Professional Soccer career playing for Saint Louis Athletica and was named Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009. Since then, she has played for the Atlanta Beat and magicJack and is a two-time WPS All Star.

Starting for the U.S. at the 2011 World Cup, Solo recorded two shutouts in group play and then made a save in a penalty shootout against Brazil in the quarterfinal, helping the Americans advance to the semis. The U.S. reached the final, falling to Japan in a penalty shootouot after a 2-2 draw, and Solo was awarded the adidas Golden Glove by FIFA as the tournament's top goalkeeper.

When not playing soccer, Hope enjoys reading, basketball, beach volleyball, and other outdoor activities. She is interested in traveling the world and wants to give back through community service projects.

After the 2011 World Cup, Hope participated in the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars, and was featured in The Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine. In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, she captured her 2nd gold medal while recording three shutouts.


Hope Solo, tolerated and excused in victory, exposes herself in ...
RIO DE JANEIRO — It's called composure, and Hope Solo's never been overburdened with a lot of that, or grace either. The U.S. women's soccer team had their ...
Hope Solo will not return to Seattle Reign - CNN.com
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who suspended from the US women's national team, announces she will not be returning to her club team, the Seattle Reign, this ...
Hope Solo Breaks Down After News of Soccer Suspension
Hope Solo's stunned, tearful reaction immediately after receiving the news that her storied career is possibly finished.
Hope Solo 'forced us' to suspend her, women's team coach says ...
Jill Ellis, the coach of the U.S. women's national team, confirmed Tuesday that goalkeeper Hope Solo was punished for a series of transgressions — not just for  ...
Why these soccer stars are the right leaders to fight sports’ gender pay gap
In what they called a "historic" moment, five key players for the U.S. women's soccer team -- stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn -- have filed a federal complaint against U.S. Soccer over wage discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Despite producing higher revenues for U.S. Soccer, the women and their lawyer argue, they were paid nearly four times less what their male counterparts earned.

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