Hope Solo has had more than her fair share of controversies. Despite bad decisions, a bad reputation, and bad karma, Solo is finally ready to move on.
The Women’s World Cup starts in four days. It is a day most girls dream of and only a few that get the privilege to live it. For some, they only get one shot at the World Cup. Not Hope Solo. This will be her third World Cup, and possibly her last, as she turns 34 at the end of July.
Solo hasn’t been known to have the most friendly personality, but that wasn’t known to the public until the 2007 World Cup. It all went downhill from there.
Solo was told she would not start the semifinal in the 2007 World Cup against Brazil, losing here starting spot to Briana Scurry. Solo had played every minute of the tournament up to that point and hadn’t given up goal in over 300 minutes. The U.S lost 4-0, and Solo made it known that coach Greg Ryan had made a terrible mistake and that she could have made those saves. The team ousted her, shunning her almost like young girls do.
That’s when everything bad seemed to have started for Solo. Since then, she has been arrested, charged for assault, been warned for failed drug tests, spent three days in jail, and been suspended from the U.S team, just to name a few. Many wondered, when do you draw the line?
Despite Solo being known as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, holding the U.S. shutout record, she has come close to seeing her soccer career come to an end based off of her choices and the choices of the people she surrounds herself with.
In a recent article by Espn, Solo admits that she feels she has finally learned her lesson and is ready to leave behind her past.
“For the first time, I have more excitement than fear to start a new chapter,” Solo said. “To just see what happens, wherever life takes me.”
The United States Women’s National Team starts their World Cup journey on Monday 8 June at 12:30 in the morning against Australia. With the games in Canada, the times will be late night and early morning, but will all be broadcasted live on the BBC.
For Solo, this could be her final chance to win a World Cup, as she has never done so before. The U.S. is one of the top predicted teams along with Germany.