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Who is... Hope Solo

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Hope Solo is the starting goalkeeper for Team USA. She has held that position for over a decade, accumulating more appearances, wins, shutouts and starts than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history. 


Soccer beginnings

Solo started her soccer career as a forward. In fact, she didn’t play goalkeeper until she was 15, when her team’s goalkeeper got injured. Solo was placed in goal and was so good that college teams began to recruit her as a goalkeeper. 


Major competitions/medals

2007 World Cup, third place 

2008 Olympics, gold

2011 World Cup, runner-up

2012 Olympics, gold

2015 World Cup, winner 


Breakout moment

Solo established herself as Team USA’s starting goalkeeper in 2005 and, aside from a 2007 suspension, has been the national team’s number-one choice ever since.  



Olympic experience

Solo is a two-time Olympian. She allowed six goals in six matches at the London Olympics. 


Off the field 

Solo grew up in Richland, Wash. She often went camping with her family, enjoying outdoor activities like knee boarding and crabbing.  


In 2014, Solo was arrested on two counts of domestic violence. She pleaded not guilty and the case was eventually dismissed. It was then reinstated shortly after the dismissal. Solo then appealed the decision, but lost her bid to have the case thrown out in June 2016. No trial date has been set. 


Social media

Facebook: Hope Solo

Twitter: @hopesolo

Instagram: @hopesolo



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