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Hope Solo is one of the world’s top goalkeepers who has helped the U.S. women’s soccer team win two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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Key Facts & Information
THE GOALIE’S CHILDHOOD
- Hope Amelia Solo is the daughter of Italian-American Vietnam War veteran Jeffrey Solo and Judy Lynn (née Shaw).
- She was born on July 30, 1981 in Richland, Washington.
- At 12, she already expressed her desire to become a professional soccer player, even though the option wasn’t really available for women back then.
- She studied at ‘Richland High School’, where she scored 109 goals and led her team to three back-to-back league title wins from 1996 to 1998 and a state championship win in 1998.
- During her school days, Solo also used to play for the ‘Three Rivers Soccer Club’ in the Tri-Cities.
THE YOUNGSTER’S CAREER
- Of all the college invitations, Hope attended the University of Washington from 1999 to 2002 where she majored in speech communications.
- Coach Lesle Gallimore switched Hope from forward to a goalkeeper, and that’s when she decided to stay as a goalkeeper for the college.
- Solo became the top goalkeeper in Pac-10 history and finished her collegiate career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals against average.
- Hope Solo was selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge after college.
- Solo was named NCAA All-American in her sophomore and senior years.
- She was also the first keeper nominated for a Hermann Award.
- Before the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo moved to Göteborg, Sweden in February 2004 to play for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, the top division of women’s soccer in Sweden.
- In 2005, she played for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division.
- She was the substitute goalkeeper for the US 2003 Summer Olympics campaign.
- In 2005, she was promoted as the primary choice, which led to her record of the longest undefeated streak by a US goalkeeper with 55 games from March 7, 2002 to July 16, 2008.
- In 2005, she played for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division. She made seven appearances for the French club.
- Solo played in 22 WPS matches in 2010 for both the Athletica and the Beat and was the league-leader in saves with 104.
- Solo was part of the starting line-up of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, but was benched in favour of veteran Briana Scurry in the semi-final match, which the US lost to Brazil 4-0.
- At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she led the U.S. women’s team and won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time.
- On August 9, 2011, Solo won her second Olympic gold medal with the United States women’s national soccer team in a 2–1 defeat of Japan.
- In 2010 and 2011, she signed with ‘Atlanta Beat’ and ‘MagicJack’, respectively. She received a $2,500 fine for her remarks against the match officials and the league following her team’s loss to ‘Washington Freedom’.
- On FIFA 2011, Solo won the “Golden Glove” award for best goalkeeper, and the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance. This followed in 2015.
- On July 9, 2016, Hope Solo earned her 100th international shutout, 150th career win, and 197th cap in a friendly game against South Africa.
- On August 24, 2016, US Soccer suspended Solo for six months and terminated her national team contract.
- Hope Solo showed off another side of her personality in 2011, when she competed on Dancing with the Stars.
- In August 2012, Solo published an autobiography with Ann Killion entitled, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, giving fans an inside look at her life and career.
- Solo is a representative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded to “advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity”.
- In 2012, Solo was one of 15 professional athletes including Shaun Phillips, Tim Lincecum, Ray Rice, and others who participated in Popchips’ Game Changers program.
Hope Solo Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Hope Solo across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Hope Solo worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Hope Solo who is one of the world’s top goalkeepers who has helped the U.S. women’s soccer team win two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Soccer Game
- The Goalkeeper
- Solo Super Stats
- Solo Endorsements
- Anatomy of an athlete
- Women on Field
- Puzzled Hope
- Solo Find
- Women and Soccer
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