Hope Solo is an American football player, goalkeeper of the Seattle Reign and the US national team.
Before joining the Seattle Sounders Women, had played with the Philadelphia Charge, in Sweden with Kopparbergs / Gothenburg, in France with Olympique Lyonnais, Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, MagicJack, and at youth level, for Washington Huskies.
With the US national team, where campaigning since 2000, has racked up over 120 appearances, won two Olympic titles (in 2008 and 2012), a world title (2015) and got a second place in the world championship in 2011; always with the national team holds a record of 1,054 minutes without conceding the own goal.
Hope Amelia Solo was born in Richland, in Washington State, on 30 July 1981, and is the daughter of a veteran of the Vietnam War of Italian origin.
Start playing as a striker in the team of her college, the Richland High School, with which she made 109 goals in three years. In 1999, when she passes in the youth of Washington Huskies, however, leaves the role of attacker to dedicate to that of goalkeeper.
The following year, on April 5, makes her debut in the senior national team, in a match against Iceland. In 2004, following the national team in the victorious trip to the Athens Olympic Games, while she is not officially part of the team.
In 2007, during the world championship, becomes the protagonist of a polemic against her coach, Greg Ryan, who in the semi-final against Brazil, then lost 0-4, prefers the “veteran” Briana Scurry, despite the three blocked rigors in the previous game; the polemical outburst after the game costs the expulsion from the team ahead of the match for the third place.
The following year, she won with her national team the gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games. In 2009 she was voted best American soccer player of the year, while twelve months after becomes the protagonist of a new controversy, this time on the social network Twitter, in which she accused the fans of the Boston Breakers of racism; it costs them a fine of $ 2,500 and a one-match ban.
July 17, 2011, in Frankfurt, at the end of the World Cup final lost on penalty shots against Japan, receives the award for best goalkeeper of the tournament. Over the year also she appears unveiled, along with other sportives, for the publication The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine US magazine.
In the summer of 2012 she took part, with her national team, to the Olympic Games in London and won her second Olympic gold medal in her career, won thanks to 2-1 win over Japan on Aug. 9. After the Games in London, 14 of the same month, released her autobiography, entitled Solo: a Memoir of Hope.
In June of 2014 she was arrested on charges of domestic violence against her sister and nephew seventeen. She was later released without bail; the criminal case against her is still pending, and June 8, 2016 Hope was refused her request that the charges against her were dismissed by the court.
Meanwhile, in the summer of 2015 she took part as a starter at the World Cup in Canada, where she won the tournament conceding just three goals in six games. Now Hope Solo is playing at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she wants to win another gold medal.