Hope Solo (born July 30, 1981) is a retired soccer goalkeeper from the United States. She was a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist as a goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016.
She played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge of the Women's United Soccer Association after playing collegiately for the University of Washington (WUSA).
She moved to Europe to play for the top level leagues in Sweden and France after the WUSA disbanded after her maiden season. She played in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, and magicJack from 2009 to 2011.
She played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders when the WPS folded in early 2012. She most recently played in the National Women's Soccer League with Seattle Reign FC, the premier women's soccer league in the United States.
Hope finished fourth on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011, and her autobiography “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” was published in 2012.
Hope Solo Early Life
Hope Solo was born Hope Amelia Solo in Richland, Washington, on July 30, 1981. Judy and Jeffrey, Hope's parents, split when she was six years old, and she has three siblings: brothers Marcus and Dave, as well as a half-sister Teresa.
Solo's father, a Vietnam War veteran, taught her how to play soccer when she was a toddler, and when she was seven years old, Jeffrey was imprisoned for kidnapping after taking Hope and Marcus to a Seattle hotel instead of a baseball game as promised.
Solo played soccer at Richland High School and was a forward on the squad. She scored 109 goals for Richland and helped the team win league titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998. She had been selected a “Parade” All-American twice.
She was also a member of the Three Rivers Soccer Club at the time.
Hope Solo Personal Life
Hope married Jerramy Stevens, a former football player, on November 13, 2012, after two months of dating. Stevens was detained on suspicion of assault the day before the wedding after Solo was hurt during an incident, but he was released the next day due to a lack of evidence.
On March 4, 2020, Hope and Jerramy welcomed twins Lozen and Vittorio, and later that year, Conan, one of the couple's five Doberman Pinschers, died after being shot. Solo expressed her grief on the death of her pet canine, saying, “Conan was a lovely and caring person.
When he was shot, he had walked 30 yards away from our property. As animal lovers, we find it difficult to understand why someone would use their right to bear arms to shoot pets of any type.”
Hope Solo Best Female Goalkeepers
Solo is recognized as one of the best female goalkeepers of all time and presently holds the American record for most clean sheets in a career. She was the starting goalkeeper for the duration of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, helping the United States reach the quarterfinals after allowing only two goals in four games, including three shutouts in a row.
Following head coach Greg Ryan‘s contentious decision to bench Solo in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry for the semifinal, in which the US was crushed 4–0 by Brazil, Solo made headlines with post-game remarks that caused several teammates to shun her.
She went on to win gold medals for the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Her outstanding skill was showcased during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, particularly during a quarter-final match against Brazil, which the US won on penalty kicks.
Despite the team's loss to Japan in a penalty shootout, Solo was awarded the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper and the Bronze Ball for her overall performance at the tournament.
Hope Solo Performed in World Cup 2011
Following her performance in the 2011 World Cup, Solo appeared on the television show Dancing with the Stars and posed for a number of magazines, including ESPN The Magazine's “Body Issue.” She wrote her bestselling autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope after the 2012 London Olympics, where she won her second Olympic gold medal.
Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, helping the team win its third World Cup title since 1991.
In the United States, the final was the most-watched televised soccer match ever.
As of August 6, 2016 Solo holds multiple US goalkeeper records, including appearances (202), starts (190), wins (153), shutouts (102), wins in a season (26), consecutive minutes played (1,256), and longest unbeaten run (55 games).
Hope Solo Won Olympic Gold Medals
Solo holds two Olympic gold medals, one each for the United States in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London, and as of 2016, she held the US goalkeeper records for wins (153), shutouts (102), longest undefeated streak (55 games), and consecutive minutes played (1,256), to mention a few.
Hope Solo Net Worth
Hope Solo's net worth is unknown. Hope Solo is a $3 million net worth former professional soccer player and publicist from the United States. Solo was the goalkeeper for the United States National Soccer team from 2000 until 2016. Female athletes' pay, of course, are significantly lower than those of male athletes.
Hope's net worth is largely obtained from endorsement partnerships with firms such as Nike, Gatorade, Simple Skincare, and Bank of America, which she has received individually (as well as through Team USA endorsements). This is particularly true following the victory of Team USA's female soccer team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Hope Solo Former Goalkeepers as Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated
Hope Solo, a former goalkeeper for the United States women's soccer team, was detained in North Carolina on suspicion of misdemeanor child abuse, resisting arrest, and driving while intoxicated, according to authorities.
Officers arrested Hope Amelia Stevens, aka Hope Solo, in the parking lot of a company in Winston-Salem on Thursday while she was inside the vehicle with her two children, according to the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Solo was processed and released from the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center after her arrest, according to authorities.
No more information about the arrest will be revealed at this time due to the upcoming prosecution, police stated in a statement.
“Hope can't speak about this situation because of counsel's advice, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she is looking forward to her chance to defend these charges.”
Solo has been in legal problems before.