Hope Amelia Solo (born July 30, 1981) is an American soccer goalkeeper. She was a member of the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016 and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion. Hope Solo is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has been praised for her aggressive playing style. She has won numerous awards, including being named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Hope Solo International Career
2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The U.S. reached the final, where they lost to Brazil 4–0. Solo was criticized for her performance in the game, as she allowed four goals on seven shots.
2012 Summer Olympics
Solo was once again the starting goalkeeper for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The U.S. won the gold medal, defeating Japan 2–1 in the final. Solo was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and she set an Olympic record for most saves in a women’s soccer match with 10.
2016 Summer Olympics
Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. reached the final but lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout after Solo was controversially given a yellow card for delaying the game.
Domestic violence allegations against her
“The American Goal Keeper Hope Solo” is not just a name on the football (soccer) field, it is also the name of one of America’s most controversial athletes. The question of whether she has been in trouble with the law for domestic violence or not has plagued her career and made many people wonder if they should be cheering for her or not.
In 2007, she was accused of assaulting a family member during a drunken argument. The charges were later dropped. In 2012, she was suspended from the U.S. national team for six months after making comments critical of head coach Greg Ryan.
On June 21, 2014, it was revealed that Solo had been arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence in an assault on her half-sister and nephew. The charges were later dropped when the victims declined to press charges, but the incident led to Solo being suspended from the U.S. national team for six months.
How she responded to the allegations
During an interview with the Associated Press in 2015, Solo said she regretted her actions and that she was “embarrassed” by them. “I accept responsibility for my mistakes and I am truly sorry,” she said. “I will work hard to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
“I hope that people can see me as an athlete, as a soccer player, and not just focus on the one negative moment in my life,” she told the Associated Press. “I made a mistake. I was human.”
What do people think about her now?
Despite the controversies, Solo remains one of the most popular female athletes in the United States. A 2015 ESPN poll found that she was the second-most liked athlete in the country, behind only NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
She still has a large number of supporters who believe in her talent and appreciate her dedication to the sport of soccer.
What she is doing now?
Solo is currently a member of the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She has also been working as a commentator and analyst for ESPN. In 2016, she was a contestant on the reality TV show The Second Chance.
In November 2017, Solo announced that she was planning to write a book about her life. The book, titled “The Hope Solo Story,” is scheduled to be released in spring 2019 and will be published by HarperCollins.
Whether you love her or hate her, there is no denying that Solo is one of the most controversial athletes in America. And with the 2020 Summer Olympics just around the corner, it will be interesting to see if she can put her troubles behind her and help lead the U.S. to victory once again. Despite her controversies, Hope Solo remains a respected member of the soccer community and an inspiration to many young athletes.