Hope was interviewed by one of her old StL radio people soon after the first earthquake in Japan. Yes, first. She got woke up by another one today.
Rundown: - Abby had already gone on up to their rooms and was alone when the quake hit so she ran down all the stairs to be with everyone else as the elevators had shut themselves off. - Aya texted Hope right after to make sure she was ok. The team didn’t realize how serious to take it until then. They are in a dangerous area for tsunami and local people are very sensitive to that of course. - They went to an orphanage during some of their early traveling around and bought a bunch of tickets so the kids could all come to the game. Sounds like it’s been heavy between seeing all of that and then having an earthquake to go along with it. - The dude called her a hockey goalie on accident. Thank goodness he was on the other side of the planet. SMH
“It was a difficult decision to move back to the States but I wanted to do my bit to really help promote the game and grow the sport in America. It was never the same, though. I never felt the same passion for the game in the States and there were a lot of headaches, a lot of obstacles to overcome - it didn’t just run itself for the love of the game because soccer is not the No. 1 sport as it is in Europe. It was tough and though I tried to do the right thing, looking at things now with the league suspended and many of the teams I have played in folded, I wish I remained in Europe.”—I don’t blame her. She had a rough go here. In ten years she has seen it all and that seems like one of the most honest, un-PC take on the state of things.
Y’know, if they just treated her decently and didn’t do an editing assassination attempt on her, one that none of her fans were going to buy anyway, I might have watched this season because I do actually like Maks. Now…the show’s music even makes me physically ill. They made me change from a neutral tv viewer to one that will always be hostile to them. Bravo ABC. :P
the convention takes place Friday through Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
My neck of the woods! Looks like she is signing autographs Saturday at noon. Price is right up there with football stars. Good for her. She is literally the only lady there. Ha! Slightly tempted to go, but those places can be a circus and I’d much rather just watch her play live someday. Never did understand autographs.
I bet she is giving jerseys away again too. Once again, tempted to head into the city but without knowing what day and approximately where the chances of me getting somewhere within a half hour of a tweet is slim to none. My directional dyslexia would make it comedy gold though.
Girl has been busy. I’m liking the kid-friendly side to her as well as CN’s affiliation with female athletes instead of just female celebrities as is still the norm in many cases. Hope Solo, Venus Williams, and Lisa Leslie? I’m impressed.
“I thought about it [playing in a men’s league] when our league folded [in 2003]," she said. "I thought about playing for a lower-division men’s club team in Saint Louis. And I do believe I would have been able to take care of myself and handle my own if it was a lower division.”—
I agree with her. If Marta or Hope can make the roster on a lower division men’s team then why shouldn’t they be allowed to? It would obviously be only certain players who would be considered. The freaks of nature but there are some out there. Let tryouts regulate it, not FIFA. Oh, Hope. Always making the menfolk afraid.
In 2007, the co-drove in the U.S. team for having openly criticized the picker. But the beast of the goddess was a small step. Today is worshiped by all (on and off the pitch) and is the best goalkeeper in the world. He continues to speak out. In itself, the career that embraced the goals we want to achieve …
RECORD - The Algarve Cup last year did not play because he was recovering from an operation on his shoulder that kept her away for more than six months. Was 100 per cent in the World Cup in Germany?
HOPE SOLO - The World was in pain and I still have many. Basically I had to replace the shoulder with a new one - is something that is supposed to end a career, was what I was told. I should have taken two years to recover - if it fully recovers - and I know that my arm will never be the same. But it’s something I’ll have to deal until the end of my career.
R - The World Cup final was a bittersweet moment for you? He received the award for best goalkeeper, but did not win the race.
Arrives in relaxed pose of those preparing to enjoy a sunny morning in the Algarve. Relaxed, but not so carelessly. The appearance, moreover, contrasts with the wear that is worn. Brings in hand a cup of coffee. Hope Amelia Solo, 30 years, came to study economics in college but fell in love with football and the goal.
Why moved to goal? "It was not something that I had chosen. One day our goalkeeper was injured, I was on goal and showed he was fearless. There is a widespread notion that the goalkeepers are the ones that do not run, they are not good with the ball at his feet. But when I learned the details of the position won him much respect that I decided to change this notion. The goalkeeper must be the most athletic and best with the ball at his feet ."
"I believe in American style of defense, like the European one. My style allows me to do less in-flight defenses. No need to go to the ground so many times because of my speed, footwork and ability to lateral displacement. It is important to read the play, positioning and placement of defenses at the right place."
What are the expectations for the U.S. Algarve Cup? We are preparing ourselves for the Olympics and watch some young players. What you will see in this tournament is not necessarily what you will see in London. We have been concentrating on the attack, and see the difference. Favoring the ball. For the first time we have real soccer players and nonathletes.
What he liked to do at the end of your career? Has any project delayed? I’m not worried about my future. For now, I am in preparation for the Olympics. After no options. I had a proposal to make a movie about my life, focusing more on the personal side.
Ok, I think she is really going to be on in about 45 minutes (2pm central time-ish)
Asked if she checks twitter while overseas. Said there isn’t much else to do. Professed her love for her BlackBerry and was annoyed they reminded her of her phone bill which she normally doesn’t check until she gets back stateside.
Not a lot of people are coming out to the games due to really bad local economy. She’s played there nine years and has seen it all during that time.
Japanese press are treating this like a WC final which Hope finds a little funny. The USWNT of course want to win but they are also working on their back line and trying out new players. She thinks they are a different team than last summer.
Talked about learning to appreciate the sport on another level than just getting the win. Realizing there can be a higher purpose and that it is ok to find happiness in that. Still plays for the wins though.
Reminds everyone she’s introverted and it is hard to put herself out there as much as she has post-WC. Appreciates any alone time she can get. She’s normally a very private person so she’s been giving some of that up for the sake of the sport. In the case of DWTS it was very hard to not have control of how she was portrayed. Her favorite parts of all the opportunities she’s gotten have been the smaller moments. Like flying over NYC in a helicopter. (I think this was when Hope and Morgan and Whitney were up there for the SportsCenter video)
Asked about playing forward in hs and if she misses it. She says that was all a very long time ago but think she could have gone far as a field player too. (I’d love to check in on an alternate universe to see that play out.)
Is proud of the transition of being an athletic/defensive team to a team that plays prettier soccer. Wants to play entertaining soccer and thinks that can grow the sport. Players like Alex Morgan help make that happen because scoring is so important.
Talking preggers-Snooki. Mostly letting the guys talk besides asking who the father was. Amused that news from home they picked to give her involve Snooki and Tebow/Swift
Admitted cheering for Andy Roddick (who was participating in this interview) back at the 2004 Olympics where she was an alternate who apparently used the opportunity to be a fangirl of all the other sports by attending as many as possible. He had been annoyed at the lack of cheering during his match so she specifically stood up and cheered really loud for him. She was being a bit of a fangirl in the interview too. They were trying to send her off and unprompted she snuck in this last story. Fangirl! LOL
They were vary nice and respectful to her the entire time.