Born30 July 1981
Hope Solo is one of the popular football players of the football world. She earns her stardom and fame due to her extraordinary performance in the game. She is a two time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup gold medalist. Since 2000, she was the goal keeper for the united nation’s national soccer team.
Childhood and Early Life
Hope Amelia Solo was born on July 30, 1981, in Richland, Washington. Her father, an Italian-American Vietnam War veteran, who was in and out of her life as a child and teenager, taught her how to play soccer at a young age.Although her parents had divorced when she was six and she lived with her mother, Solo maintained a close relationship with her father after reconnecting with him during her college years at the University of Washington. He continued to be a major influence in her life until his death of a heart attack in June 2007.
Although she rose to fame as a gold medal-winning goalie, Solo started out as a forward on the Richland High School soccer team. She scored 109 goals in this position, and was twice named an All-American by Parade magazine.
Solo moved into the goalkeeper spot for the University of Washington Huskies and went on to dominate the Pacific-10 conference. She earned NSCAA All-American honors in her last three years and took home a Hermann Award as a senior, finishing as her university's all-leader in shutouts and saves.
Hope Solo was drafted by the ''Women's United Soccer Association'' team ''Philadelphia Charge'' in 2003. She took the field in eight matches, securing her first professional shutout against the ''Atlantic Beat''.
After WUSA suspended operations in 2003, she travelled to Europe and played for the Swedish club ‘Kopparbergs/Göteborg’ in 2004, and the French club ‘Olympique Lyonnais Féminin’ in 2005.
She was chosen as a substitute goalkeeper for the US 2003 Summer Olympics campaign. In 2005, she was promoted as the primary choice, which ultimately led to the creation of her record of the longest undefeated streak by a US goalkeeper with 55 games from March 7, 2002 to July 16, 2008.
Though Solo was part of the starting line-up for the majority of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, she was benched in favour of veteran Briana Scurry in the semi-final match, which the US lost to Brazil 4-0. In a post-match interview, Solo criticised the decision.
2008 Summer Olympics
On June 23, 2008, it was announced Solo would be the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In a reversal of roles from the 2004 Olympics, Briana Scurry did not make the team, though she was an alternate. On August 21, the U.S. women's team won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time, in no small measure due to Solo's performance as she stopped an energetic Brazilian attack, making save after save. After the team won gold, Solo appeared on NBC Today Show, and she stated in a 2012 article appearing in ESPN The Magazine that she was drunk while on air. "When we were done partying, we got out of our dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk."
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Despite missing much of the qualifying campaign with a shoulder injury, Solo was named to the U.S. roster for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. After keeping clean sheets in group C wins over North Korea and Colombia, Solo conceded two goals in the 2–1 loss to Sweden which consigned the Americans to second place in the group and a quarterfinal meeting with Brazil.
The quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Brazil was sent into a penalty shoot-out after U.S. forward Abby Wambach tied the game at 2–2 in stoppage time at the end of extra-time. Solo saved the third Brazil penalty kick by Daiane, helping the U.S. secure a semifinal spot against France. After the quarterfinal victory, Solo commented on the performance and spirit of the U.S. players during the match, "Even when we were a player down and a goal behind in extra time, you sensed that something was going to happen", and added that "[the] team kept fighting. You can't teach that. It's a feeling – and we play with that feeling."
Solo became the twenty-seventh American woman and second goalkeeper to reach 100 caps with her start in the 3–1 semifinal win over France. Talking to the media after the match, Solo reflected upon the tournament so far, "It was a hard-fought road It hasn't been easy, but this is where we expected to be. We came this far, we better go all the way.
In the final, the U.S. team lost 3–1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice taking the lead in an eventual 2–2 draw. Solo expressed admiration for the Japanese team and offered her congratulations. Solo won the "Golden Glove" award for best goalkeeper, and the "Bronze Ball" award for her overall performance. She was also featured in the "All-star" team of the tournament.
2012 Olympics and 2015 World Cup
Just before the 2012 Olympics, Solo ran into trouble. She tested positive for a banned substance—a diuretic—and explained that she had taken the medication as part of a pre-menstrual treatment prescribed by her doctor, adding that she didn't know it contained the banned drug. After working with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Solo was given a warning for what she called "an honest mistake," and was cleared to compete at the Olympics. "As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with the USADA to resolve this matter, and I look forward to representing my country," she told NBC Sports.
At the 2012 Summer Games in London, to the roar of nearly 80,300 soccer fans—the largest soccer crowd in Olympics history—Solo won her second consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's soccer team, in a revengeful, 2-1 victory against Japan. Solo showed no mercy during the match, stopping 12 of the 13 shots she faced. The victory marked the fourth of five Olympic titles won by the American women's squad since women's soccer was first included in the Olympics, in 1996.
Solo again was a force for the U.S. women's team during their triumphant run to the 2015 World Cup title. After allowing a goal in the opening match against Australia, she shut out the opposition for a near-record 540 minutes until Japan scored twice in the final. For her outstanding play, she won her second straight World Cup Golden Glove Award.
2016 Rio Olympics
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Solo earned her 200th career cap (international appearance) in an early win over France. However, she was criticized for allowing two goals in a draw vs. Colombia, and was unable to save her team when a quarterfinal loss to Sweden was decided by penalty kicks. Shortly afterward, she insisted that the best team did not win and called her opponents a "bunch of cowards" for their style of play.
The fallout from her commentary was greater than anticipated: On August 24, U.S. Soccer announced that Solo was being suspended for six months and that her contract would be terminated immediately.
Awards & Achievements
Hope Solo was named All-American by ‘Parade’ magazine in 1997 and 1998. She was an NSCAA All-American in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and a Pac-10 Selection from 1999 to 2002.
She was conferred with the ‘WPS Goalkeeper of the Year’ award and the ‘US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year’ award in 2009.
She won the ‘FIFA Women World Cup Golden Glove twice’, in 2011 and 2015, and made it to the tournament’s all-star team in those years as well. She was also the winner of the Bronze Ball in 2011.
’International Federation of Football History & Statistics’ named her world’s women best goalkeeper for four consecutive years (2012-15)
She was given the ‘Phoenix Mercury Woman of Inspiration’ award in 2012.
She was hailed Sports Spectacular Female Athlete of the Year in 2013.
In October 2015, after the win of the 2015 World Cup, Solo, alongside the rest of her team, was honoured by the former President Barack Obama at the White House.
Solo is married to former American football player Jerramy Stevens. They have been together since mid-August 2012 when Solo returned from the Olympics. On November 12, 2012, Stevens was arrested on investigation of assault following an altercation that left Solo injured. The following day, Stevens was released after a judge determined there was not enough evidence to hold him. The couple were wed the next day. In 2014, Solo was one of the victims of the iCloud leaks of celebrity photos, during which several nude pictures of her were leaked online. She expressed solidarity with the other women affected and criticized the perpetrators: "This act goes beyond the bounds of human decency".
Solo is associated with the ‘Women's Sports Foundation’, an educational non-profit charity founded by tennis player Billie Jean King in 1974.She has donated her time and money to the Boys and Girls Club and made appearances at numerous charity events. In August 2011, she joined teammates Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach in a Bank of America charitable campaign at the Chicago Marathon, as $5,000 was donated to Seattle Humane Society on her behalf. 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. She made appearances at several charity events and money was donated to a local charity that she selected.
Hope Solo's Net Worth and Salary
Hope Sole earned a lot of money from her professional career. Time Magazine, in their publication on the highest paid women soccer stars pegged Solo's earnings between $22,000 and $65,000.
Thus her salary accounts for just a small fraction of her net worth which has been estimated at about $2.5 million. Like most popular American sports stars, Hope Solo made a chunk for her money from endorsement deals. Over the course of her career, Solo has had numerous endorsement deals partners including; Nike, BlackBerry, Simple Skincare and Gatorade.
In a 2015 publication by Forbes' Patrick Rishe, Hope Solo was said to have earned between $10-12 million from her numerous endorsement partners.
After scooping gold in the 2012 Olympics, Solo capitalized on the publicity by releasing her first book Solo: A Memoir of Hope, which made it to the New York Times bestseller list at number 3. As a way of congratulating herself for her hard work at the Olympics, Solo paid $1.2 million for a 5,330 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms house in Kirkland, Washington.
Hope Solo's Personal Quotes
1. “There are no shortcuts. If you feel good, you'll look good, you'll play good. Work hard every day. No matter what your strengths and weaknesses, there's no substitute for hard work.”
2. “I think it's my personality to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships.”
3. “If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need for blanket approval. If conforming to everyone's expectations is the number one goal, you have sacrificed your uniqueness, and therefore your excellence.”
4. “True heros are made of hard work and integrity.”
5. “I've learned that winning isn't everything, and it's more about the journey. But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.”
6. “I don't need a captain's band to lead a team to victory.”
7. “One thing I’ve learned through all the ups and downs is that if you’re doing things right, then you have a core group of people. Not just a core group like your homies or your buddies, but a group of people that has a good influence on you, who you respect and admire, and you know that if they’re on your side, you’re doing something right.”
8. “I think every athlete has their window of opportunity, and you just have to jump on it. You never know when it can end. So I'm just trying to live large while I have the opportunity.”
9. “My life is a beautiful struggle.”
10. “Nobody really knows who I am, where I came from, what's in my heart, why I believe in the things I believe, what I see behind the scenes and they don't see.”
11. “I am proud of who I am, and nobody's going to steal that.”
12. “I have a problem with players who don't take the loss personally. At a professional level you should - it's our job, it's our livelihood, it's who we are at this level. Every loss should be taken that personal.”
13. “I couldn't have been a great goalkeeper without power, agility and quickness.”
14. “No one wants to lose, period. It should hurt, it should sting, and you don't want to feel that feeling again.”
15. “You're not going to be liked by everybody when you speak the truth. I don't speak the truth to put people down; I don't speak the truth to show disrespect.”
16. “It's all in fun. I take everything with a grain of salt.”
17. “I played soccer all my life and I used to think growing up that they put the fat kid in goal or they put the kid that wasn't good with the ball at their feet in goal and I never wanted to do goalkeeper, I was always the goal scorer.”
18. “I live for competition. It makes my life complete.”
19. “My No. 1 goal, and what I've spent my entire life striving to achieve is to win a World Cup. I want to retire so badly with that World Cup, but if I don't, then I'll retire knowing that I've done everything I could to get it.”
20. “My entire purpose is trying to be the best in the game, and if that exudes beauty too, that's pretty powerful.”
21. “Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn't feel very feminine. But as time went on, I learned to completely embrace my body.”
22. “Athletes are extremists. When they're training, it's laser focus.”
23. “Speech is the image of actions”
24. “As women professional athletes, you have to have respect for every player and individual. Beyond that, it doesn't matter what your interests are. People can have their own lives.Speech is the image of actions”