generally, from what I gather from tweets and coaches' and players' interviews, is that top women's teams, when they lose to U17 or U16 boys' teams, it is usually a question of speed, size, strength. not a question of technical ability or soccer skills. I wish people would get that point. Hope Solo is fundamentally very strong, smart, courageous, and physically awesome. But yes, men and older boys are bigger stronger, faster, etc. That's the real difference. I wish the Hope haters would stop.
I think why the women’s sport translates well as far as viewing pleasure goes (and why people should give it more of a chance) is because the skills and talent translates. Like you said, maybe not muscle composition and general speed, but we saw from the Japan game is that it can be a beautifully composed game no matter what your stature is. The type of game you’d expect from people who’ve spent most of their lives perfecting it and all the more enjoyable for the lack of theatrics.
Which is also why Hope can be upset after an ugly game against the NZWNT despite our win, a game played wrong in many ways, and empathize with the veteran NZ GK and appreciate beautiful individual effort. If you love the game you should be able to follow the game and see the art in it whoever is playing. Like the German fans who, without the home team, still came out to games and cheered for the most beautifully played football.
the head coach in seattle is a former uswnt player so i'm wondering if that and the appeal of staying in her home town had anything to do with her decision. i'm really happy she's playing up there and i have family in the area so that gives me an extra incentive to go spend time there
I’m sure she has a lot of contacts in the area and knows the level of professionalism of those involved. I read up on the people a little bit ago and they all have great credentials. Every indication they can run something like this wisely. That doesn’t guarantee success but at least you wouldn’t have to worry about, well, any of the MagicJack issues. And it being Seattle has to be a draw for her. Work on her game and get some normal time at home. Good for her. She is right in soccer country. Might as well get full use out of it. Work and play.
hope and sydney joining the seattle women's team can only mean good things for that team. they'll bring not only the team but also the league plenty of attention and seattle is already soccer crazy so that should help as well. i'm looking forward to making the trek to go see them play at least once this season
It definitely means good things for Seattle and most likely the whole west coast outreach. Investing in soccer country? About time. It sounds like a professional setup too with quality people on top. Exactly what Hope wanted. Sydney signing on too is great since a good striker and good goalkeeper will only help each other. And I think they are represented by the same people and have the same Nike connection…only makes sense they will terrorize the NW together.
I am overly excited about this. I want the jersey now. I don’t have to feel dirty about supporting an infomercial product anymore. I was already following the men’s team. Now if someone would just hire me out there I can have my sports/music/climate trifecta.
Maybe this early signing of two top players will break the ice for some others. Makes me wonder about residency. Hope likes an actual competition and playing on a real team gives you that. Wonder what was all involved in the decision. Whatever it was I like it.
Recent news about Hope and Sydney joining Sounders is a GREAT thing for the West Coast fans. Actually, it’s great news for women’s soccer fans here. They’re not leaving for Europe and are staying here.
Also, WPSL and W-League are now competing with each other for viable business plan and goals….
I don’t really care about the photoshopping or the dancing, what I care about is the fact that neither of these opportunities have been used, to my knowledge, to promote what really matters.
Alex and Hope have both had moments in the spotlight, with potentially millions of viewers, to get a message across. Yet, I cannot recall either of them saying a single thing about supporting the WPS or women’s soccer in general.
Morgan tweeted a lot during the playoffs as was appropriate since she did make it to the very end. Not that it helped since the infrustructure for a national fandom just wasn’t there. Fact is the National Team delivered with the WC and the league wasn’t ready to capitalize on it.
If I was having trouble finding a way of watching games you can bet the average norm wasn’t going to make the extra effort. I live in the Chicago area. No team near me. These millions of people you are talking about are facing a league with the infrastructure of a 3rd world country as far as sports go. A league only on the east coast in a select few places. And there was a very short window when the league was actually playing. Trying to pimp an east coast only bush league during the off season is a bitch.
Otherwise…Morgan isn’t good at interviewing but when she is talking at all it is usually about soccer. Maybe not WPS but it is not only in the off season it is in heaven now. And while on its death bed it was a courtroom drama that didn’t need a light shined on it. Nor would it have helped much. Attendance after the WC wasn’t listed as an issue. The business plan, problems with DB, an a slew of other things sank the ship. Throw stones at NT, but IMO they did their jobs and then some. The baton got dropped further down the line.
“You know I’ve met a lot of people. And I don’t usually get star-struck too much. I met Hope Solo last night. I think I blacked out a little bit from shock and had some asthma attacks. I kind of embarrassed myself in front of her.”—
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane
I don’t know why, but it always amuses me when pro-athletes can’t keep their shit together when in this situation. There was that baseball player in the airport too. Dude, you are both famous. There, something to break the ice.
one tweet from Hope and bitches be wanting to start shit.
Girl can’t seem to be able to tweet without people reading into it. Just assuming she’s talking about something even though it could be regarding something else in a completely different context.
Basically everyone should just…
Half the people think it is about KO and half thinks it is about Barnie. People are forgetting that the entire game was a giant, near unwatchable error that none of the players were happy with. Every player seemed to have a human error moment between hitting the post, not connecting with passes, whatever A-Rod did there at the end that did not involve her foot connecting with the ball in any way *cough*, kicking right to defenders, KO and Barnie’s obvious miscue, stupid offsides and unsupported runs, dubious reffing, fouls in dangerous places, bad corner kicks… outside of the last five minutes it was very difficult to even watch. No flow and definitely not good soccer.
We played a very bad, error filled game in front of 20k after believing we had those kinds of games behind us. Pia probably gave them an entire speech about human error after the game. Outside of Morgan turning bad passes into scoring opportunities our heads weren’t in the game and that’s where you see human error crop up. So no, I’m not going to be pissed at Hope for not liking human error or posting it on twitter. It was likely written up on the white board.
Hope’s ESPN Dallas Soccer Today interview. Awesome. >:D Hope already teased Beau Dure about it so…well…ok that isn’t abnormal. Anyway, here it is. She talks about WPS, liking Germany’s soccer IQ enough she wouldn’t mind playing there, Japan, DWTS, and old bodies on frozen ground…always the best interview. Oh, and they said she didn’t have a voice most of the week. Cold weather not good for vocal GKers.
Bookmark that place for next Saturday when they run a tape of their interview with Morgan. Should be interesting since Morgan, very green with talking to media, will have to field some non-soccer questions now.
I don’t think he meant Hope got injured today. She is coming off an injury and since they have a lot of subs they took her out. They did this in the other Friendlies too. It is their normal subbing pattern.
Too bad almost immediately Barnie got scored on though. Not her fault, but you never want to see that.
“I met with Hope, who at the time was sick with a cold, not long before this shoot. I told her I’d try and bring her coffee, her favorite drink, to help her wake up for the shoot. Something she could at least look forward to…Hope was a great athlete to choose for the Delicious shoot. Hope portrays the assets of an athlete worth recognition. She’s an aggressive goalie and not afraid to speak up and call plays on the field. She also possesses a friendly and glowing personality off the field. She’s an athlete that actually takes time to read her fan mail and admits she has even written back to some.”—Ran across this again while looking for a certain other photo shoot. I still think she’s the best person to be out repping soccer to the masses.
“Solo, Hope with Ann Killion. Solo: A Memoir of Hope. Harper: HarperCollins. Aug. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9780062136749. $24.99. MEMOIR |
Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated. TV appearances ranging from The Late Show with David Letterman to Dancing with the Stars. Social media queen with 850,000 Facebook fans and 345,000 Twitter followers. Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team—she was there for the Olympic gold in 2008—but she’s much more than that. Here’s her story, focusing on her relationship with her father, who taught her to love soccer but disappeared from her life for a time when he was convicted of embezzlement. Given the weight of the story and Solo’s headliner reputation, not to mention comparisons to Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, the 30,000-copy first printing seems a bit cautious.”—Well, it’s on my wish list. Better be able to get it on Kindle.
I live in Seattle and Hope was on the local news, and they said her autobiography is coming out around the same time as the Olympics this summer! I’ll be the first one in the bookstores to buy it.
Now that the league is gone I wonder if she’ll tell all about that bit of her career too. This is Hope Give-no-fucks Solo after all. Too bad her life has been so eventful it would likely only get a chapter.
I am honestly confused about where people getting the idea that Hope supports DB. She's made it pretty clear that she doesn't in the months following the termination of magicJack. Sure she had to suck up to him the one time she went back post-WWC (and everything she said about him felt fake) but other than that she's made it obvious that she doesn't support him and doesn't want anything to do with him, unlike Abby.
She gets the most name recognition. Unfortunately that means she keeps getting lumped together with the DB crowd even when she essentially wasn’t there that season and cut ties with him and the team as soon as her obligations were met that night. That was last August! All I know is that she ain’t hiding out right now. She is behaving like a person with nothing weighing on her.
If Hope supports someone she does it like she did Maks. Openly and without any thought to risks to herself. She hasn’t done that for Dan during the numerous opportunities she’s had for six months. Nuff said. For once Hope isn’t the center of a shitstorm.
what photoshoot were you alluding to in your previous post?
The one with Dan and his pimped out wheels of some kind and girls all hanging on the goal netting like they had attitude. Google him. I’m sure the picture will come up fairly quickly. I am not posting it here because I find it/him creepy.
1) Hope hasn’t said much about the WPS situation but what she’s said was quite apt:
"Women’s pro soccer has a place in America. It’s just about finding the right people to make it succeed. And I’m not sure we’ve done that." (sports illustrated)
Understatement of the year. How about someone who doesn’t require you call him “Daddy” for starters (I just remembered that photoshoot…puke!) or a league that would let a guy like DB in the fold in the first place. Not a big surprise she didn’t go back to Florida besides that one time when DB walked her round like a prized pony on a lead. DB only kept around players who were cooperating or in Masar’s situation, easily coerced by people she looked up to/dealing with a collapsed nose (wtf, right?).
2) Hope hadn’t said anything recently about MJ/DB (besides not spelling majicjack correctly…on purpose…really) until she saw her name on a list of players willing to play for DB’s super team and with that she immediately tweeted she had no such agreements with DB. Yeah, she wasn’t coming back to play for that asshat.
“That’s the story about a goalkeeper’s life. You sit around. You sit around. You have to be ready when you’re called on. That’s what separates a lot of goalkeepers. It’s a mental game. It’s hard to do. The defense actually always keeps me a part of them. I’m constantly talking to them, constantly to me. So I feel part of the team.”—
I love how happy the back 4 + Hope seemed after the game.
really hoping hope doesn't get dragged through the mud because of this magicjack bs. she made her feelings pretty clear once her contract was up with the team and was no longer contractually obligated to kiss ass. abby is the one that should be questioned for her loyalty to the ass hat.
I agree. Hope has kept out of it. When her contract was up with mJ that was it pretty much it. Obligations settled and she moved on. Since then she hasn’t said boo besides stating quite clearly she had made no new agreements with DB.
Abby…that’s a little more problematic. Doubt she’ll get much heat because she’s Abby and not Hope (for some reason it is always open season on Hope), but I’m just a little confused on her stance, how much she knows… I wouldn’t mind knowing her reasonings. Even at that I can’t worry about every player. Being a Hope fan is eventful enough. I’ll be thrilled if the media doesn’t involve Hope but the thing going against Hope is name recognition. Her name will be drug along with this just because she’s the one the norms all know and who gets clicks on articles.
I say the word bully, with first hand knowledge from friends who played for MagicJack last year. Friends that have come from professional environments, and were horrified on every level about what they experienced last year. The fear of even talking about what they experienced, was palpable. One friend was particularly fearful, as she was truly convinced that he could make bad things happen to her, and that his power extended far outside the confines of the soccer field, should he hear her say anything negative about her experience.
This is why when I heard names such as Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, and Abby Wambach, being thrown around as potential members of Borislow’s 2012 team, players who witnessed this mistreatment of their teammates in 2011, I was even more disgusted. These are the very players that have power in the women’s game. For them to support this guy, and take money from him, (and let’s make no mistake about this, unless I’m way off base here, this is about money, and not because Dan Borislow the person, made an incredible impact on their lives) is like watching my PE lesson from grade 12 and its consequences, play out in real life.
Interesting perspective. Just gotta point out Hope never sided with Dan and when she heard her name had been lumped in with people willing to play for him she shot it down on twitter immediately. Those names thrown around were all speculation.
“After her second save, I wanted to go chest bump her,” said Wambach, who credited her teammate for playing through a right quad injury. “That’s the very reason why Hope Solo’s on this team and why she’s the number one goalkeeper in the world in my opinion. When called upon, she makes the big saves. …….. “Abby is by far one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met,” said U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. “Kristine Lilly we all know is a huge name and she’s played a lot of games for this country but for Abby to step up and be one of the top scorers for the U.S. says a lot about Abby’s true athleticism and the true player that she is.””—Hope and Abby exchange a verbal chest bump. Too bad GK don’t get to celebrate until the end of the game. (read the rest here)