Hope Amelia Solo was an American professional soccer goalkeeper who played for her country’s national team from 2000 until August 2016. She holds the record for most career shutouts in the US. She is one of the best female goalkeepers of all time. She wrote a paper at age 12 in which she expressed her desire to become a professional soccer player, though the option wasn’t really available to women back then. When she was in high school, she played forward, but when she went to college, she switched to goalkeeping.
Before being inducted into the senior squad, she played for the US junior team. She has played for many clubs in multiple women’s soccer leagues in the US and abroad, including the Philadelphia Charge, Kopparbergs/Göteborg, Saint Louis Athletica, and Seattle Reign FC, and was instrumental to America’s win of two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and she competed on ABC’s reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in the 13th season.
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Born on July 30, 1981, in Richland, Washington, Hope Amelia Solo is the daughter of Italian-American Vietnam War veteran Jeffrey Solo and Judy Lynn (née Shaw). She has three siblings, a half-sister, Teresa, and two brothers, Dave and Marcus.
Her parents divorced when she was six years old. A year later, her father took her and Marcus to Seattle where they lived out of a hotel for several days. A vacation that looked like fun for seven-year-old Hope turned into an alleged kidnapping when Jeffrey was arrested by the police, and the children were returned to their mother.
When she was a forward at Richland High School, she scored 109 goals and led her team to three back-to-back league titles from 1996 to 1998, as well as a state championship win in 1998. Solo also played soccer for the ‘Three Rivers Soccer Club’ in the Tri-Cities during her school days.
Solo studied speech communications at the University of Washington in 1999 after graduating from high school. During her time with the Washington Huskies, she was mentored by head coach Lesle Gallimore and goalkeeping coach Amy Griffin.
During her college years, she also began her international career. The US national women’s team defeated Iceland 8-0 in her debut match as a senior in April 2000 at Davidson, North Carolina. In 2002, she was the top keeper in Pac-10 history, with 18 shutouts, 325 saves, and a 1.02 GAA (goals-against average).
After seeing him at a park in Seattle, she reconciled with her father. They maintained a close relationship until his death in 2007.
After dating for two months, Hope married former football player Jerramy Stevens on November 13, 2012. After Solo was injured during an altercation, Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assault the day before the wedding but was released the next day due to insufficient evidence. After Hope and Jerramy welcomed twins Lozen and Vittorio on March 4, 2020, one of the couple’s five Doberman Pinschers, Conan, passed away after being shot.
Solo said of her beloved dog’s tragic death, “Conan was kind and loving. He wandered 30 yards from our home before he was shot. As animal lovers, we struggle to understand why anyone would shoot pets of any kind.
Solo was one of the celebrities whose n*de photos were leaked on the internet after several iCloud accounts were hacked in 2014. In June of that year, she was charged with assault in the fourth degree after being arrested for allegedly attacking her half-sister and nephew. In January 2015, the charges were dismissed. They were reinstated in October 2015 and again dismissed in May 2018.
Hope is passionate about philanthropy, serving on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and supporting the Boys and Girls Club and Street Soccer USA. In 2011, she participated in Bank of America’s “Let’s Run Together” campaign at the Chicago Marathon, which led to a $5,000 donation being made to the Seattle Humane Society.
Solo is affiliated with the Women’s Sports Foundation, a non-profit educational organization founded by tennis player Billie Jean King in 1974.
Hope Solo Net Worth
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Solo bought a 5,330 square foot home in Kirkland, Washington, for $1.2 million in 2012. In 2016, she sold the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home for $1.75 million. In addition to the swimming pool and sports court, the property features mountain views.
- In 2003, Hope Solo was drafted by the ‘Women’s United Soccer Association’ team Philadelphia Charge. As a professional, she played in eight games, and she achieved her first shutout against the ‘Atlantic Beat’.
- After WUSA’s suspension in 2003, she traveled to Europe and played for the Swedish club ‘Kopparbergs / Göteborg’ in 2004, and the French club ‘Olympique Lyonnais Féminin’ in 2005.
- In 2003, she was selected as a substitute goalkeeper for the US Summer Olympics team. Eventually, in 2005, she became the primary choice, which led to her record of the longest streak of undefeated games in US history, which lasted 55 games from March 7, 2002, to July 16, 2008.
- Solo started most of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches for the United States, but she was benched in favor of veteran Briana Scurry in the semi-final match, which the US lost to Brazil 4-0. Solo criticized the decision in a post-match interview.
- In winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she gave a stellar performance. Brazil was defeated 1-0 by Solo and her team.
- On September 16, 2008, she joined Saint Louise Athletica, a team in the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She conceded fourteen goals in seventeen matches.
- Between 2010 and 2011, she signed with Atlanta Beat and MagicJack, respectively. She received a $2,500 fine for her remarks regarding the match officials and the league following her team’s loss to the Washington Freedom.
- In a penalty shootout, the US women’s soccer team lost to Japan in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the tournament, Solo reached 100 caps for her country.
- Hope Solo received a public warning a month before the 2012 London Olympics by the ‘U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’ when a test revealed she had Canrenone in her system. Despite that, she was cleared to compete, and the US went on to win their second consecutive gold medal.
- She played for the Seattle Sounders Women in the 2012 club season. The Seattle Reigns FC signed Solo in 2013 for the inaugural season of the ‘National Women’s Soccer League’. After playing 54 matches for the club over three seasons, she took ‘personal leave’ in 2016.
- She published her autobiography, ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’, co-authored with sports journalist Ann Killion, on August 14, 2012, through HarperCollins. The book debuted at number 3 on ‘The New York Times Best Seller’ list for hardcover non-fiction.
- After surgery on her left wrist in 2013, she took a three-month break. In 2015, Solo became a member of the US squad that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Japan 5-2.
- At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she drew criticism for calling the Swedish team “bunch of cowards” after the latter defeated her. As a result, her contract with US Soccer was canceled, and she was suspended. When she was suspended, she had played in 202 international matches with 102 shutouts.
Facts About Hope Solo
- Despite becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the world, she was a star forward in high school. During her high school career, she scored around 109 goals and was selected as a Parade All-American twice.
- She was kidnapped by her father when she was 7 years old along with his brother. He had picked her up without informing her mother and taken them to Seattle.
- Hope fell out with teammate Abby Wambach in 2007 after Wambach asked the coach to drop her from the World Cup semi-final. Wadebach, meanwhile, was irked by Hope’s post-match criticism of coach Greg Ryan.
- She was completely blanked by her teammates after her outburst against Greg Ryan.
- She had to eat her meals alone and once a player walked out of the elevator after she stepped in.
- She missed her college graduation event because she was playing soccer for her new club, Philadelphia Charge, who had selected her in the first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft.
- After her forearm was caught on a hook inside the goal post during her junior year in college, she feared that her career was over. Fortunately, she suffered no nerve damage.
- While dating her first boyfriend, she allegedly punched a girl with whom he had hooked up.
- Her mother had told her as a child that she might have to give up soccer because it was too expensive for them. Eventually, the community stepped up to pay for her travel expenses.
- Her opponents’ defensive tactics caused her team to lose to Sweden in the quarter-final of the 2016 Olympics, so she called them cowards. For indiscipline, the US soccer association terminated her contract and suspended her for six months.
- She won the golden glove award for being the best goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also won the bronze ball for her overall performance.
- She was at the center of two Twitter controversies in 2010. According to her, Boston Breakers fans have engaged in racist chanting. After lambasting match officials and challenging the integrity of the league, she was suspended for one game.
- She was arrested in June 2014 for assaulting her half-sister and her nephew. The charges were later dropped because she claimed the assault was self-defense. After a lack of cooperation from the victims, the case was dismissed.
- As a representative for the Women’s Sports Foundation, she supports women and girls through sports and other physical activities.
- Boy & Girls Clubs of America, which offers after-school programs to young people, is partially funded by the federal government, and she is an active member.
- Solo: A Memoir of Hope, her autobiographical book, debuted at number three in The New York Times Best Seller list in the hardcover nonfiction category in August 2012.
Solo is married to former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. Seattle Seahawks drafted him in round one of the NFL Draft in 2002 after he played college football at the University of Washington.
November 13, 2012 (Jerramy Stevens)
Solo ran into trouble just before the 2012 Olympics. Her urine tested positive for a banned substance – a diuretic – and she explained that she had taken that medication as part of a pre-menstrual treatment prescribed by her doctor, adding that she was unaware that it contained the banned substance.
Another incident that, made national headlines was when she was arrested in June 2014 for two counts of domestic violence. Solo and her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew got into a confrontation in this incident. Due to procedural reasons, the case against Solo was dismissed by a judge in January 2015.
Growing up, her Italian-American Vietnam War veteran father, who was in and out of her life as a child and teenager, taught her how to play soccer.
Solo’s criticism of Ryan’s decision came across as disrespectful towards Scurry. Solo said he would have made those saves no matter what. The fact of the matter is that we are no longer in 2004, we are in 2007, and I think we must live in the present. It is impossible to live by the past.