Hope Solo Video: Watch MLS Striker Attempt to Honor Hope

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2011

This video reminds me of an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The awkwardness jumps up, out of the screen and punches you in the face.

Hope Solo and the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team will be playing a friendly match, against Canada this Saturday. They are training at Sporting Kansas City’s MLS training complex.

Solo, the newest contestant on Dancing With The Stars, has turned into a pretty large celebrity, and her presence amongst soccer players can cause them to go head over heels.

Enter Sporting KC striker C.J. Sapong.

He clearly fell in love with her success this summer and was inspired to write her a poem.

With plenty of cameras and media members snapping pictures, Sapong began to recite his poem with lines like this:

"I heard you were coming to KC, feelings couldn’t express the words inside of me."

After only a few lines, Sapong got cold feet and stopped his “performance.” But as a true competitor, he kept going, much to the chagrin of Solo, who looks incredibly uncomfortable at this point.

Eventually, he finishes his poem while rhyming words like “Solo” and “coco” and gets a big hug from his favorite goalie.

The icing on the cake comes when Hope gives Sapong a big smooch on the cheek. It made the whole poem worth it for Sapong and he falls to the ground in shock.

His year has officially been made.

The awkward looks Solo shoots her fellow teammates are priceless and more than worth the price of sitting through this uncomfortable exchange. At one point it looks like she was contemplating sprinting down the field to get away from the crowd.

With DTWS coming up, don’t expect the cameras to go away anytime soon, Hope.

Like any good episode of Curb, the awkwardness always turns into a good ending, and all that was missing was Larry David in the circle calling out Sapong for his horrible rhyming abilities.

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