Bryan Goldberg, who is a fellow BR writer, challenged the writing world to support Hope Solo in his article: “Hope Solo Should Stick With Her Guns in Chastain Controversy.” I decided to accept Mr. Goldberg’s challenge since Hope Solo is one of the greatest and most popular personalities in the US Women’s National Team. (Note that I'm speaking in present tense.)
Ms. Solo does not have to apologize for her tweets towards Brandi Chastain since they were her personal opinions. It is her response to Ms. Chastain that makes Ms. Solo appears real in the eyes of her supporters (of which I am) and her detractors.
It is also one of two reasons why Ms. Solo remains a popular figure in the USWNT in the current century.
Professional Record and Stamina during 2012
According to the US Soccer website, Ms. Solo started 2012 with five clean sheets during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers. She established a new shutout-streak of 454 minutes, a record which has lasted for nearly four years.
Frank Isola of Goal.com wrote that Ms. Solo has not conceded a goal in 255 minutes of playing time, a feat which occurred after the USWNT defeated France 4-2.
The star goalie trained and qualified for the Olympics after months of rehabilitation, which was necessary after she underwent surgery for her shoulder.
Ambassador for the USWNT At Large
Hope Solo is also an ambassador for the USWNT, for those who are not exposed to soccer. Along with Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, she represented the USWNT in the 34th Chicago Marathon sponsored by the Bank of America, and also participated in the ABC Program “Dancing With The Stars,” which resulted in more exposure to the USWNT than in previous years.
Ms. Solo worked in a charity with Shaun Phillips (a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers) and other prominent figures, the purpose of which, as reported by ESPN’s Lynn Hoppes, was to give back to their local communities.
Solo does not deserve the negative publicity for what she said to Ms. Chastain. For those who criticize her at the present time, the years and decades to come will shine a different light.
Hope will be remembered in the future as one of the towering figures that took the USWNT to a new level barring any unfortunate mishaps.
The only thing I can say to Ms. Solo if she is reading this article is to convey the best wishes to her and the USWNT as they face New Zealand in the quarterfinals.