Hope Solo | Sandy, Utah | Sept 13, 2014
(Looks like that player who was following Hope around after the game got to meet her. She was super intent.)
Trey Roger. Expert in laying grass over artificial turf sharing his oppinion on the Women’s World Cup turf issues. (x)
Shannon MacMillan talking about coaching [x]
This got me thinking about why we only have one female coach in the NWSL. She also says it is a shame that despite producing so many soccer greats over the years in America so few women go into coaching afterwards.
Hope gave an interview after practice in Canada to a Canadian radio station. It was super short but she complemented the attendance numbers they gave her for the upcoming game and recalled the Pan Am games in Winnipeg a million years ago and the good crowds there for that. She hasn’t been to all the cities hosting the WC so she is looking forward to seeing each of them. She also said in her “humble opinion” Sinclair is the best player in the world.
She hopes that the USWNT will play in her hometown of Seattle before she hangs up the gloves. (Your lips to USSF ears, Hope). The team needs to build up some confidence including the defense so they are hoping to get a result in this match coming up.
Funny bit. She said she was in three Olympics and in the background you could hear the guys muttering like they were hesitant but needed to tell her it was just two Olympics. One stepped up and said two. Hope’s answer. “Alternate.” I heard a verbal zsnap in there somewhere.
I think the audio will be up tomorrow on their site maybe.
“More than one player said their nastiest on-field moment came in games against Canada or Brazil — two of the most physical nations in women’s soccer. “In my first cap ever, I was in China playing against Canada,” Sauerbrunn said. “About 70 minutes in I broke my nose. I had to walk off. They set it in the locker room, and I was playing the next game three days later. They didn’t have a facemask, so they had to make one out of different materials.”
Solo was quick to show me the giant scar on her right arm from the time in Mexico when she dove to make a save, only for her arm to get punctured and caught on a hook on the goalpost. (Solo’s bone was exposed and she went into shock). “I’ve been through it all,” she told me. “I’ve been kicked in the face. I’ve been in a fight on the field. I’ve been punched. Things happen all the time, things that maybe the ref doesn’t see.”
The captain and veteran defender is your typical, pleasant Jersey Girl — but not always on the field. “I remember playing Brazil in 2000 when I went up for a head-ball and a Brazilian just came across and clocked me in the face,” Rampone said. “I was like, ‘Uh-oh, this is the big-time.’ Unfortunately, I retaliated and got a yellow card.”
Read the rest here … Sports Illustrated, 2011