Hope Solo through the years: Moments on and off the pitch
As a hot soccer prospect, Solo was courted by several colleges. In 1999, she chose to attend the University of Washington and majored in speech communications. As part of her time at the university Hope represented Washington Huskies and made the transition from forward to her current role as goalkeeper.
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Solo remains the all-time leader in shutouts and saves for her college. Her successful time at college -- where she dominated the Pacific-10 conference and took home a Hermann Award as a senior -- secured a place with Philadelphia Charge through the 2003 WUSA draft.
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She made her international debut for the USA in an 8-0 win over Iceland in 2000. A spell with Swedish side Goteborg helped Solo make the 2004 Olympic team, although only as an alternative keeper. in 2005, she decided to spread her wings and jump ship to Lyon in France. Looking back at her European adventure, she said: "I played in Europe and it was a great experience, not just because of my teammates and the coaches we had, but from the fans and the city itself."
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World Cup nightmare
Solo was the starting keeper for the United States at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. She conceded an impressive two goals from the opening four games, including two consecutive shutouts. However, the tournament took a sour turn for Solo. At the semifinal stage she was benched - a game which USA lost to Brazil 4-0. Solo publicly aired her frustration, saying: "It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves."
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At the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Solo helped guide the USA side to a gold medal glory. They defeated a stylish attacking Brazilian side 1-0 in the final - Solo making save after save to keep them in the game.
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Women's Professional Soccer
Between 2009 to 2011 Solo had spells in the WPA with Saint Louis Athletica, Atalanta Beat and lastly magicJack. During her time with Saint Louis she was named WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star. Praise indeed.
As her career continued its upward curve, so did the public interest in USA's star goalkeeper. She was even invited to throw out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs versus St Louis Cardinals game on August 21, 2011.
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Despite missing most of the qualification period with a shoulder injury, Solo recovered to play a key part in America's route to the 2009 FIFA Women's World Cup final. She was awarded the Golden Glove for her heroics in the tournament -- it wasn't enough, however, as her team lost on penalties in the final.
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Glitz and glam
Off the field Hope Solo's stock continues to rise. In the past she has signed endorsements with Nike, Blackberry and Gatorade - to name a few. Other extra curricular activities have included appearing on a series of Dancing with the Stars and posing for various magazine publications.
Another year, another medal
Solo claimed her second Olympic gold medal at the 2012 games in London. In front a crowd of over 80,000 -- the largest soccer crowd in Olympic history -- Solo produced an incredible Olympic final performance. She saved 12 out of 13 shots against a strong Japanese side to help the US to a tight victory.
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Although Hope Solo has never actually won the FIFA World Player of the Year Award, she has been nominated previously and, in 2012, presented her friend and teammate Abby Wambach with the award.
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Following the completion of the 2012 London Olympics she released her auto-biography called Solo: A Memoir of Hope. The book reached number three on The New York Times Best Seller list and, was co-authored with sports commentator and columnist Ann Killion.
The happy couple
Around the time of her book release Hope Solo started dating former football player Jerramy Stevens, the tight end appeared for Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The day before their wedding in 2012 Stevens was arrested for investigation of assault following an altercation that reportedly left Solo injured. Stevens was released soon after and they wed as planned. Solo is now back in her hometown playing for Seattle Reign in the NWSL.