It was hot, sweaty and they say the ball was slick. Just 25 minutes into Tuesday’s match in the jungle of Rio, Hope Solo missed a save. A shot that would have tested the average keeper, but one that Hope should have easily shut down.
Was it all the guff she’s been taking from the locals in Rio? They boo with abandon every time she touches the ball. Every time she kicks it, they yell, ZIKA!!
That story here.
So, is the crowd having an effect on her? Or was the match not that important so that Hope lost focus? (The US was going to advance regardless.) Or was that shot by Usme slyly unstoppable?
Listen to Hope’s post-game interview on NBC:
The US tied up the game, and actually lead 2-1 until the very last minute when Usme had one more chance. Usme had a free kick that Solo barely touched and proceeded into the net.
Now that one may have been unstoppable. Even by the best keeper in the world. And that would be our very own Hope Solo.