14
May

Hope Solo caught up in feud with Portland Thorns owner and fans

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Looks like USWNT No. 1 and Seattle Reign stopper Hope Solo has found herself in the midst of a little war of words. Shocker!

Over the weekend, Solo’s Reign visited the Portland Thorns in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) contest between two unbeaten teams. The Reign held on to a 1-0 win, but a few egos seemed to be bruised in the process.

Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was the first to fire a shot across the bow, tweeting:

A depleted Thorns team? Paulson was likely referring to the absences of U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath. Nevertheless, another Reign and USWNT star, Sydney Leroux, fired back at Paulson:

That looked to be the end of it, until Solo tweeted out a photo on Tuesday that showed quite a few Thorns fans giving Solo the one-fingered salute.

It looks like some pretty definitive proof right here, but there’s always another side to every story. Lucky for us, these two squads will face off again on July 27, but this time on the Reign’s turf.

Stay tuned!

(H/T YardBarker)

11
Feb

USA stars Alex Morgan, Hope Solo honored

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2013 was good to the United States women’s national team.

In their first year with coach Tom Sermanni, the squad was undefeated, posting an impressive 13-0-3 record last year. Not too shabby.

Individuals on the team had incredible years as well. Abby Wambach surpassed Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record. Sydney Leroux sealed her spot as the next USWNT star.

And on Tuesday, beloved striker Alex Morgan and fierce goalkeeper Hope Solo got some recognition their own: they were nominated by AskMen.com voters as two of the Top 99 Women of 2014.

Not only are Solo and Morgan making waves in soccer, but they’re catching the attention of people across the nation with the impact they’ve made in their field.

Here’s to another amazing year that leads up to a very important one: 2015, and the Women’s World Cup.

30
Jan

USWNT players make their Super Bowl XLVIII picks

The United States women’s national team is getting ready to take on Canada in the “Battle for the Border” (live, Friday,  FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET), but the ladies know that the biggest “football” game this weekend happens two days later: Super Bowl XLVIII.

In the spirit of the big game, several of the players offered us their picks or rooting interest. Seattle Reign players Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux predictably both favor the Seahawks, while Abby Wambach and head coach Tom Sermanni are among those going with the Broncos.

Overall, Denver was the clear-cut favorite among the “panel,” garnering eight votes to Seattle’s three.

19
Dec

Hope Solo notably upset at being left off USWNT all-time Best XI

The US women’s national team all-time Best XI was released on Thursday, featuring three active players in Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.

To come up with the selections, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) appointed a committee of 56 soccer historians, former players, coaches, media members and administrators at the national team level. Defender Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) and forward Mia Hamm were the only unanimous selections, while midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were just one vote shy of a unanimous ballot.

Here’s the full list from US Soccer:

Goalkeeper: Briana Scurry 1994-2008 (31 votes)

Defenders:

  • Brandi Chastain 1988-2004 (31)
  • Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) 1987-2004 (56)
  • Carla Werden (Overbeck) 1988-2000 (49)
  • Christie Rampone (Pearce) 1997-present (46)

Midfielders:

  • Michelle Akers 1985-2000 (55)
  • Julie Foudy 1988-2004 (40)
  • Kristine Lilly 1987-2010 (55)

Forwards:

  • Mia Hamm 1987-2004 (56)
  • Alex Morgan 2010-present (15)
  • Abby Wambach 2001-present (52)

Last week, Julie Foudy correctly predicted the all-time Best XI during a segment on ESPN’s Sportscenter (except for herself; Foudy chose to vote for Shannon Boxx), but drew the ire of current US goalkeeper Hope Solo in the process. Solo was not selected, losing out to Scurry by what we can only assume was a slim margin (considering Scurry got only 31 of 56 votes).

Interesting. You may remember that a young Solo was once benched in favor of Scurry back in the 2007 World Cup semifinals, which set off quite the firestorm. The USA lost 4-0 to Brazil, after which Solo said:

"There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is, it’s not 2004 anymore. … It’s 2007, and I think you have to live in the present.

Solo was briefly kicked off the team after that World Cup, and the controversy may have ended up costing her some votes during this selection process. In any case, it seems like any mention of Scurry still pushes Solo’s buttons a bit.

FOX Soccer’s Warren Barton and Matt Reis sounded off on the debate of Scurry vs Solo during Thursday’s FOX Soccer Daily show:

On Friday, the United States men’s national team all-time Best XI will be released on FOX Soccer Daily. Make sure to tune in to the show to find out the complete squad (live, FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. ET).

7
Mar

Hope Solo undergoes wrist surgery

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The US women’s nationa team’s star goalkeeper Hope Solo had wrist surgery on Thursday, according to her official Twitter account.

Her team in the new US women’s soccer pro league, Seattle Reign FC, announced Feb. 22 that she would have surgery on her injured wrist, which had damaged ligaments. The team reported that her recovery time would be 6-8 weeks.

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