Hope Solo Transfer Reportedly Wanted by Marseille

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Hope Solo #1 of United States warms up before playing against Sweden during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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Marseille are reportedly trying to sign United States Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo

As Bleacher Report's Andy Brassell relayed, according to L'Equipe, the French club are seeking to make a big impression in a bid to cement their spot in the top flight:

Andy Brassell @andybrassell

An interesting new strand to Marseille’s rebuild; women’s team, in 2nd top-flight season, trying to sign Hope Solo, according to @lequipe

Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time World Cup winner, is rated as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time and has represented the United States an incredible 202 times.

The 35-year-old hasn't been in action in a competitive game since the quarter-finals of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer. 

Solo picked up a six-month suspension following that game after stating the Sweden players conducted themselves like "a bunch of cowards" in a defensive display, per the Associated Press (h/t the Guardian). In September 2016, the goalkeeper also underwent surgery on a troublesome shoulder.

Solo is one of the most decorated 'keepers in history.
Solo is one of the most decorated 'keepers in history.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Solo would be one of a string of high-profile USWNT stars to make the move to European football if this deal was to go ahead.

Alex Morgan joined Lyon on loan from Orlando Pride in January and played a part in the team's UEFA Women's Champions League win. United States skipper Carli Lloyd also made a temporary switch to Manchester City.

Marseille's women's side was promoted to the top flight in 2016, and they enjoyed an excellent debut season at that level, finishing in fourth.

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