Friends and family in the stands

Friends and family at the World Cup

Originally Published: July 16, 2011
By Michelle Smith

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Hope Solo was headed over to the goal for the penalty-kick phase of the team's quarterfinal match against Brazil. She was trying to clear her head before the biggest moment of her soccer career.

"As the goalkeeper you're told to go stand in your little corner off to the side, and it turned out to be the corner where the family and friends were," Solo said. "I felt their energy. I felt their love and their passion and it gave me so much confidence. I was away from my ...

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