I wrote this blog last year about Hope Solo. For those of you who know me, I have been an “anti-fan” of Solo’s for years…actually over a decade now. This blog post explains where it stems from, but I do want to add, that I am so incredibly disappointed with how our society has continued to ignore the red flags and warning signs this woman has displayed time and time again, all in the name to either move the cause of women’s sports further, or help the team “win.” Teams win games, not individuals. This isn’t golf. This isn’t tennis. This is soccer, a team sport. So, seriously, US Soccer, WNT, why have you let Hope behave so badly these past 15+ years? Was it because there weren’t policies in place to handle the offenses she was committing? Was it because she was friends with the higher ups? Was it because you felt sorry for her? Was it because you couldn’t see that there are THOUSANDS of girls across the country that are training every day to earn a spot like hers one day, and hell, there are probably at least 20 that could take it from her not only by their skill but also by their character. No, Hope. I don’t need to hear your rebuttals or your comments. What I want to hear, as a former soccer player, a former goalkeeper, a former female athlete, and a current fan, WHY this got to play out so long?
I started in competitive soccer when I was 6 years old and played until I was about 17, “retiring” after having two knee surgeries and countless broken bones.
I’ve been a loyal US soccer fan since I started kicking the ball, wearing a Mia Hamm number nine jersey when the ’99 team won against China. Attending dozens of Chicago Fire soccer games at Soldier Field, North Central College stadium during the construction of their new stadium, and finally, at Toyota Field. I was lucky enough to attend the 2003 Women’s World Cup in California, watching some of the greats play their last matches.
After the 2003 World Cup, a new set of legs hit the pitch in 2007. I was sad to see that eras were ending, especially some of my favorite players, but excited to get to know these new ladies.
Abby Wambach made herself known to the world, scoring…
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