And in no small effort on the part of 5 feet 10 inch goalie, Hope Solo. Solo has been a tough competitor ever since a very young age (I have been an ardent fan and spectator since Solo’s career took off in high school). It is not only her tall stature that makes her a standout player on the team but it is also her direct and outspoken nature that draws attention. She has become a well-known player for her outstanding athletic prowess and her fearless attitude and is an inspiration for many players still striving for the big leagues.
The 2007 World Cup was emotional for Solo on and off the field. Her father’s sudden death before the 2007 tournament undoubtedly affected her. Being benched caused turmoil for her as a competitor and therefore led to her voice being heard by all. After undergoing shoulder reconstruction, as well as emotional renovation after the 2007 World Cup, Solo has a new perspective for this year in rising above the past and elevating to a higher level. Solo is taking a tough and tall view for this year’s World Cup finals to hopefully come home with the World Cup Championship title for the first time in 12 years for U.S. Women’s team. The women are on to the next game after a 2-0 victory over Korea yesterday. The Women take on Columbia on Saturday July 2nd at noon ET.