Hope Solo writes of struggles in new book
August, 13, 2012
By espnW | ESPN.com
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesHope Solo, in her new book coming out Tuesday, talks about her struggles on and off the soccer field.U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, who helped her team win a gold medal at the London Olympics, writes candidly about her struggles and much-publicized incidents in her career -- including being benched for the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup -- in a new book titled "SOLO: A Memoir of Hope," which is due out Tuesday.
As part of the book's release, Solo also authored a diary from the 2012 Olympics, which will be available as part of the e-book. In it, she writes about how U.S. coach Pia Sundhage asked her to delay publication of the book, threatening to not play her in the Olympics if it came out prior to the Games.
Solo, who was born in 1981 after her mother became pregnant during a conjugal visit with Solo's father in prison, writes about what she calls years of her "erratic, self-destructive behavior," about the death of her father two months before the 2007 World Cup and, most pointedly, about her subsequent benching by U.S. coach Greg Ryan before the 2007 World Cup match against Brazil, and the way she felt her teammates and coaches treated her in the aftermath.
Solo details the entire sequence of events at the World Cup, which was held in China, including the fact that she played her matches only after spreading a tiny bit of her father's ashes on the field (she brought them out in her goalie gloves). The U.S. tied its first game 2-2 with North Korea, then won its next three, all shutouts. Solo, however, was replaced by Brianna Scurry for the semifinal game against Brazil, which the Americans lost 4-0.
Some of Solo's sharpest criticisms are about Ryan, who she says decided to bench her against Brazil after consulting with team veterans, including Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach. She writes that during a meeting with Ryan, he pushed her back onto a couch as she tried to leave.
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