As just about everyone in the Northwest is aware of, US National Team member and Olympic Gold Medalist Hope Solo got busted a few weeks back on domestic violence charges involving her half-sister and nephew. That story here.
We all have our opinions about that debacle, but more will be revealed when the case comes to court later this summer.
Everyone also knows that Hope Solo may be the best goal keeper in the world, tied with the US National Men’s team goalie Tim Howard.
What everyone may not be aware of, if you’ve seen the attendance records, is that Hope plays with Seattle’s currently undefeated women’s professional soccer team, the Seattle Reign. This team is stacked with the best national team players in the world: Sydney Leroux (US), Megan Rapinoe (US), Kim Little (Scotland), Jess Fishlock (Wales) and Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan).
So, when I attended last Saturday’s game in Seattle, along with the biggest crowd ever and a ton of TV crews, I thought to myself, “I guess there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” The place was packed. Everyone was there to see Hope.
But Hope was not to be seen.
It had been just 6 days since she’d been release from jail. What a letdown. But, I understood. She may not have been in the best place mentally to deflect 120 mile per hour projectiles.
Now, there is good news. The Seattle Reign sent a press release today touting their latest victory (2-1) last night at the home of the Western New York Flash (Abby Wambach’s team):
“After missing the past three games, Hope Solo started in goal, and made three saves. She now has a goals against average of 0.833.”
YES! The next Reign game is this Sunday, July 6th at Memorial Stadium. This does not guarantee that Hope will play, but our chances are good.
I spoke with the Reign’s media director Shauna McBride, who could not give me a definite yes or no on Hope’s appearance on Sunday, as there are many factors involved in selecting the final line-up, and coach Laura Harvey decides the line-up on game day. Damn. I tried to squeeze more info out of her!
Regardless, you will still be amazed at this level of soccer play. See you there.
-Lee ‘Futbol’ Callahan