If you don’t already know the name, you need to pay attention. Solo’s hasn’t had a quiet career, openly criticizing her coach’s decision to play Briana Scurry above her in the 2007 World Cup and more recently posing nude for ESPN the Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’, which certainly may have raised some brows. But the 30-year-old Richland native leaves nothing to be questioned on the field.
After making the switch from high school All-American forward to goalkeeper in her freshman year the UW, Solo has had great success. She was named on the All-Pac-10 team all four years as well as achieving NSCAA All-American status 3 of those, and graduating as the all time leader in shutouts, saves and goals against average for the Huskies.
Almost a full decade later Solo has made her presence felt as an irreplaceable member of the women’s national team. After a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, she continued to play a major role in the team’s success at the 2011 World Cup ending in a second place finish. For her performance in Germany she was awarded both the “Golden Glove” and “Bronze Ball” for strong goalkeeping and influential contributions in general. She was also named to the tournament’s all-star team and became only the second female goalkeeper to hit triple digits in caps for the U.S., behind none other than Briana Scurry.
At 30 years old, “Hope is undoubtedly the best women’s keeper in the game today,” according to sounders GM Amy Carnell. Sounders fans can have confidence between the posts throughout this season, as Solo will appear in a handful of games in conjunction with USWNT Olympic Training Camp & sponsor commitments.