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Will Hope Solo Be Able To Redeem Herself?

With the women's World Cup starting, star American player Hope Solo is front and center. With her domestic violence issues getting a lot of press, will Hope Solo be able to redeem herself, and keep the focus on soccer?

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last 24 hours | hamptonroads
Bottom line with Hope Solo? Talent trumps character - The Virginian-Pilot
"...It's a gross understatement to call U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo a polarizing figure. From the New York Times to ESPN's Keith Olbermann, she's being portrayed as unfit - or at the very least, an uncomfortable fit - to represent her country in the World Cup after her arrest last June on domestic violence charges. There's plenty to read about that on the Internet, and Olbermann's video pulls no punches. But whatever your take on Solo, there's no denying her abilities in goal, where her presence strongly suggests that women's sports are becoming more like the men's, in which talent trumps character...." see full article


890 days ago | thedailybeast
Why Did World Cup Star Hope Solo Get a Domestic Violence Free Pass? - Daily Beast

"...It's not that we've exactly forgotten that Solo has some very upsetting domestic-abuse charges against her, but it's unclear how much we care.It would be hard for U.S. Soccer to more defiantly give zero fucks about the charges against Solo.It was a no-brainer for U.S. Soccer to keep Solo on the pitch.The league effectively laughed at the thought of suspending the star, even granting her the honor of team captain as she awaited her trial.In comparison, the NFL was hammered by the press (including this outlet) when it appeared the league had viewed the Rice elevator video months before it was leaked...." see full article


892 days ago | nytimes
Hope Solo's Past Shadows Her Excellence in the Present - New York Times

"...Instead of sending a quick and powerful message soon after her arrest by punishing Solo in some way, U.S. Soccer now has a woman in goal who is accused of saying and doing some very ugly things not exactly the kind of poster woman you'd want for a team.But this woman sure can leap and dive and scramble for the ball and keep it out of the goal, where she is the best Hope Solo she can be. She's the phenomenal athlete between the goal posts, what I've called the loneliest place in sports...." see full article


893 days ago | fusion
Hope Solo reminded the world how much controversy fuels her - Fusion
"...Any talk of a Solo lack focus ignored something that we've come to know in the last 10 years Solo thrives under chaos. When things break down, or go sideways, or people want to talk about something other than her otherworldly play, Solo simplifies. She focuses on her goalkeeping, and that drives her to be at her best.Whatever happened last year when police arrested Solo can be discussed and debated. How U.S. Soccer handled the situation could be called into question, too. But on the field, Solo is a known quantity. She is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and the type of player that can turn a loss into a win...." see full article


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893 days ago | nydailynews
Just a matter of time before US soccer cuts the cord with Hope Solo - New York Daily News

"...So here we go again, and of course U.S. Soccer knew full well what it was getting when officials welcomed back Hope Solo into the fold this spring. It was a straight-out, one-for-one deal. The Americans got Solo's enormous, proven talents in goal, and in exchange they would put up with all the nonsense that goes with that.If the U.S. team had a viable alternative at this crucial position, you better believe that it would have ditched Solo long ago. But Ashlyn Harris has no World Cup experience and Alyssa Naeher hasn't even seen any action with the national team this year. Neither one can come off her line with the same assurance. Neither one can intimidate penalty takers the way that Solo does; making herself big and mean when facing the spot...." see full article


894 days ago | usatoday
Armour: US Soccer has itself to blame for Hope Solo's continued distractions - USA TODAY

"...While it is Solo's actions that have made her the center of controversy time and again, including Sunday's damaging report by ESPN's Outside the Lines, U.S. Soccer isn't blameless, either. By refusing to hold Solo accountable for her transgressions as it certainly would have a less-talented player U.S. Soccer contributed to the very muck it found itself wading through on the eve of its most prestigious tournament."That was a long time ago," coach Jill Ellis said, making yet another excuse for Solo. "I'll be honest, we've moved on."Solo did not meet with reporters after Sunday's training. FIFA rules only require players to be available on game day, though a request to speak to her was made through U.S. Soccer...." see full article


894 days ago | slate
World Cup Jerkwatch: Hope Solo Is an Abrasive, Ayn-Rand Loving Reality Star ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. team, is a great athlete. She is also an abrasive and unpleasant lush who lives her life like a reality television contestant who wants the whole world to know that she's not here to make friends. Solo established her jerk credentials during the 2007 World Cup, when she blasted her coach for benching her in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry in a semifinal match against Brazil, which the U.S. ultimately lost 4-0. 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, Solo announced. Tearing down your teammates in public is a classic jerk move, as is having no doubt in your mind about counterfactual outcomes.Solo's worst and most notorious moment, though, came when she reportedly physically attacked family members in their own house. In June 2014, Solo was arrested for allegedly getting drunk and assaulting her 17-year-old nephew and her half-sister. According to a police report acquired by ESPN's Outside the Lines and published for the first time over the weekend, Solo told her nephew that he was too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete. She also informed the teenager that he was a pussy, according to the report, and then started punching him in the head; soon thereafter, Solo allegedly started punching her half-sister...." see full article


894 days ago | ftw.usatoday
Hope Solo is the train wreck the US is riding to a World Cup - USA TODAY
"...Solo is a distraction. The fact that Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd have to stand in front of reporters the night before their opening game of a World Cup and answer questions about their teammate's belligerent night in jail is a distraction. U.S. soccer is standing before the country and the world, with expectations of winning a World Cup, and yet it's the drunken exploits of a goalkeeper now famous for drunken exploits that are dominating attention.This is a good U.S. team. Over the course of the next month, it might become a great team. It should have been afforded the opportunity to do so without Hope Solo's baggage. Teams enter tournaments and look to shut out the rest of the world, creating a singular focus on the task at hand. The U.S. has been building that insular bubble throughout the year leading to this moment...." see full article


894 days ago | usatoday
Armour: US Soccer has itself to blame for Hope Solo's continued distractions - USA TODAY

"...Success always comes with a price, and the latest firestorm surrounding Hope Solo makes it abundantly clear the U.S. women paid far too much for theirs.In choosing to stand by Solo and all of her baggage we're talking steamer trunks, not carry-ons the Americans sacrificed their integrity for victory and the spoils that come with it.Yes, Solo is far and away the best goalkeeper in the world, maybe the best ever to play the women's game. With her in the net, the U.S. won the last two Olympic titles and reached its first World Cup final in 12 years. It's a heavy favorite again in this year's tournament.Yet Solo has been toxic and divisive with her own teammates, and her irresponsible and shameful behavior has tarnished both her team and her sport...." see full article


895 days ago | espn.go
Documents reveal new details about Hope Solo's actions last June - ESPN

"...There was one problem, though, with Solo's version: It wasn't entirely accurate. In fact, as the 33-year-old Solo prepares to lead the United States into Monday's opening-round match of the World Cup, her case is not over; the facts have never been aired in open court, and she has not been cleared. Rather, Solo's case in Kirkland Municipal Court was dismissed by Judge Michael Lambo on procedural grounds, and prosecutors, in a rare move that required city administrator approval, have filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Washington. Prosecutors are scheduled to file their argument by July 13, with the defense due to respond by Aug. 10. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 11.Over several weeks, Solo declined multiple interview requests for this story. At a recent press conference promoting the World Cup, Outside the Lines asked her about the case. She wouldn't answer...." see full article


895 days ago | mashable
Arrest records: Hope Solo 'repeatedly insulted' and threatened police officers ... - Mashable
"...While in custody, Solo who was apparently intoxicated was uncooperative and confrontational, according to arrest records obtained by ESPN. The documents, part of an exhaustive report from ESPN's Outside the Lines, describe Solo's repeated insults to police officers during her arrest and processing. She reportedly told an officer he "was not worth anything," and he "should be proud to have such authority," according to the report. Later, during booking, Solo allegedly yelled, "You're such a bitch, you're scared of me because you know that if the handcuffs were off, I'd kick your ass," after officers had pushed her to the ground in an effort to "gain her compliance."The report paints a vastly different picture of the events leading up to her arrest than those described by Solo, who has maintained that she was a victim, not an aggressor...." see full article


895 days ago | screamer.deadspin
OTL: Hope Solo's Redemption Tour Is Utter Bullshit - Deadspin
"...As the U.S. Women's National Team begins play for the World Cup, starting goalie Solo has been desperately trying to clear her name through all-too-common puff pieces, appearing on Good Morning America and starring in a humanizing profile from espnW in an attempt to move past a domestic violence case and DUI arrest from the past year. On Sunday morning, OTL took a flamethrower to Solo's reclamation project.As OTL puts it, [t]he information stands in stark contrast to the image Solo has presented in court papers, on Facebook, in an espnW article this week and, most pointedly, during a February appearance on ABC's Good Morning America,' where Solo claimed she was a victim, not a criminal. It's a rare instance of one Disney brand criticizing the work of two other Mickey Mouse operations...." see full article



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