Do you think this Olympic could be Hope's last as an effective starter?
Goalkeepers peak later than field players and the best keepers go late into their 30s. Much of their game is a mental one which gets better with age. The physical side of course has to be maintained, but the wiser you are the less you are in the position to need to throw yourself around. Hope is built like a tank. As long as her shoulder stays at its current level there is no reason to think she won’t still be in the running. Of course once the cycle begins again there will be young upstarts challenging her. She’s spoken about this herself. She’ll have to fend them off and be the best player to be in goal for the next World Cup and Olympics. I would never count her out but it will be a battle.
“U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who marveled at the level of difficulty of Wambach’s second-half goal, says the team was “pretty upset” about the punch heading into halftime. “She got full-on punched,” she says. “I hope No. 16 doesn’t get back on the field because it was nasty and no players should have to go through that.”—Hope Solo interviewed about the punching incident during the USA vs Colombia game today. And that’s right, Hope didn’t bother to learn your name, No. 16.
“I’m impressed by a lot that Abby does, on and off the field,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “I feel like in the last couple of years she’s grown a lot into a true leader. She used to be the loudmouth trying to pump everyone up, but she felt like she had to. Now it’s a realness that she brings to the team. It’s inspiring. I look up to Abby more now because of the leadership role she’s taken on in a natural way.”—Hope Solo commenting about Abby Wambach after the game today.
I don’t think Hope said anything wrong or inaccurate, and the majority of me is like, “That’s Hope being Hope. She isn’t going to let a slight to her defenders slide”, but there is part of me that wished she wasn’t Hope Smash about it and responded differently. Perhaps with a joke instead. “Brandi would have made those saves” would have been hilarious considering how much Brandi was inserting herself into the game and well, it being Hope. But without Hope Smash she’d be a different person and probably not the badass goalkeeper we know and love. All those little bits make up a person, even the inconvenient ones. Take a part of her personality away and who knows what you’d be left with.
What we know from this is a) Hope loves her little defenders. She won’t tolerate Brandi’s bashing. Brandi has a larger podium than Hope to speak from too and no one else to tell her to stuff it. b) Hope really doesn’t like Brandi. She sent a warning shot months ago when finding out who would be working the booth in the Olympics. Look what happened. Hope was right. Everyone knows it. Don’t shoot the messenger.
Were you watching the game? Do you know what Brandi said that upsetted Hope?
She called out a player as “the worst defender”. I believe it was Rachel Buehler which is totally off since these last two games have been her best in a long time. She also has been calling out how Hope plays in the box. The other guy commentating (forget his name) had to correct her on that a few times the last two games because what Hope does in the box is exactly what she should be doing. I remember she said something bad about O’Reilly too as she was coming out of the game and that was on the heels of second guessing every single cross she tried to make. To be honest there were too many things she did to list them all, but Hope referenced the worst defender bit so we know that’s what got her mad. I plan on watching a different feed of the games if possible. It is bad enough as a fan to listen to it but to know the players also end up watching it and hearing all of that — it’s just too much for me.
“First of all, I’m not outspoken," she said before her team’s first send-off game against Japan. "Say what you want about the tweets, say what you want about ‘opinionated.’ I would tell you right now: People don’t know me. They don’t know where I came from, they make their judgments off some stupid social media thing, and I’ll take my critics for what [they are]. Nobody really knows who I am, where I came from, what’s in my heart, why I believe in the things I believe, what I see behind the scenes and they don’t see. Unfortunately, people think I’m negative and bitter all the time, and that’s not the case. It’s all about perspective," Solo added.”—Hope Solo (interview from June 2011)
1. She’s a great player. Perhaps the best her position has ever seen. I loved her from all the way back in 2007. I tend to go for the goalkeepers, pitchers (ok, not really into baseball at all actually, but if I were…), quarterbacks, point guards. They have a certain kind of swagger, certain kind of solo skills (har har) within a team sport I latch onto. Her badassery in 2008 just solidified that love all the more. She went 1-1 with Marta and won. Her style of goalkeeping just looks so different from others. Her body positioning, how she comes off the line, how she stays on the line with PKs, all that personality a goalkeeper can bring into how she stalls, intimidates and plays with the heads of the opposition. Swagger. She comes alive out there. She does things that shouldn’t be possible. Just among athletes she is one of the best.
2. She doesn’t feel like other female athlete as far as my personal lifelong fandom has recorded things. I wish she was around when I was a kid. I have a much longer history following men’s sports. I’m a Chicago girl. I grew up with MJ. The GOAT. I’m used to being a fan of the very best. That part inspired, part unhinged, 100% driven athlete and she… slid right on it to that comfortable slot. I also feel like I can relate to her more than others on the team just on a personal level. I came from a poor family. Lots of instability. I’m an introvert, a tomboy, former athlete with a long history of drama around me that has become a running joke in the family. I’ve had my own way of dealing with all of that, I wouldn’t change anything, and when I look at Hope I find myself nodding my head a lot. It takes more than you think to get through everything she has and she’s done a much better job than me on keeping a smile on her face. I can use that kind of inspiration. I also have a justice trigger and what happened in 2007 set me off. I had flashbacks of drama of my own. (tmi: varsity girls bullying me, a few brilliant people I’ll always remember who stood up for me, crazy-ass coach, losing my starting spot to a girl because her mom agreed to do stats…she had my same name even…still makes me mad…) I grew up playing with the boys. I was good at sports, not no so good with packs of girls. So yeah…my justice trigger was hit harder than ever before. Did I mention I am an introvert? I think about stuff like life narrative a lot by nature and she has an amazing one to get a glimpse of.
Who do you think is the face of the USWNT if there is one at all? And why?
Right now we have a three-headed monster of Abby, Hope, and Alex. Which is great because they each seem to connect to different segments of the audience and bring us all together. Three is stronger than one and I think most people know that and the team knows it. Hope right now is “taking one for the team” as far as the media goes. Pinoe even said they appreciate how they can blend in and live normal lives because Hope is shouldering much of the load. I can see Morgan taking over more of that going into the next cycle and Hope taking more of an Abby role where she can sit back and pick and choose those kinds of battles while continuing to lift up the kids.
“[Nobody] seems to shine as brightly as Solo, who refused to permit the “sun-was-in-her-eyes” defense for the two early goals that coach Pia Sundhage and Wambach offered for her. Instead, she just chalked them up to “nerves” and “crazy things that do happen” in a first game at the Olympics and kept on moving, a smile on her face.”—The Queen of Compartmentalizing
Are you seriously complaining there isn't enough Hope in recent Studio 90 videos? Do you mean Hope the most photographed, most most recorded, most filmed, most media attention member of the whole team? Magazine covers, commercials, billboards, tv shows, Nike campaigns, books, interviews aren't enough for you? Please. Well guess what there are other equally interesting women on this team that deserve a little attention sometimes. Let them have it.
It’s fun to see the team together but it is a bummer that even though I know she’s there somewhere we rarely if ever get to see her with her team. All that solo stuff (pause) is cool, but seeing how the team interacts is fun and having her not even shown in group things takes away from everyone. I don’t expect her to be featured or anything, but not anywhere besides a few bigfoot sightings is weird.
I admit I have a one track mind, but with all these recent videos all we’ve got of Hope are these Loch Ness-like shots? WTF camera dude. Is that you, Hope? Maybe a submerged log? The moon reflecting off of swamp gas? Linus with his blanket? Points for spotting Hope. Pacific NW mythical beast.
After you sell your Hope Solo jersey are you going to buy another one?
I want to. I need a medium. Right now only Nike has my size but they don’t customize them. I don’t want a blank one. I want the official lettering put on it, not just any. So…hoping ussoccerstore gets them back in stock. I am tired of all of Hope’s things being perpetually out of stock. They are so short sighted.
where did you get your hope jersey from? the ussoccer website? i've been looking everywhere. thanks.
Yes. I got it from ussoccerstore only they are dumb asses and sold out already. Always underestimating Hope. Nike sells them online too but they are selling blanks. You have to sort the name/number out yourself. Also a dumb ass move. Who would want it without her name on it? SMH
did you get the uswnt home jersey too? any idea if the size runs the same as the goalkeeper jersey?
I only got Hope’s. I do remember from a video that Abby was happy she wore a Large this time and not an extra Large as usual which makes me think they at least run larger than say the previous kit. For what that is worth.