Chat with Hope Solo
Solo won best goal keeper for the 2011 World Cup.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo stops by to chat about Team USA's performance in the World Cup. Solo and Alex Morgan appeared earlier Tuesday on First Take.
Solo joined the U.S. national team in 2000, after playing for several junior national teams. She was an alternate on the 2004 Olympic team before being named the team's starting goalkeeper in 2005, wtarting seven of the team's next nine matches and earning seven shutouts.
Solo started the first four games of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in her first world championship, allowing just eight goals and had three shutouts in a third place finish. She once again got the call as the starting goalkeeper for the 2011 World Cup, helping the United States to a second-place finish in a heartbreaking loss to Japan in the final.
Send your questions now and join Solo Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:31 PM)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeepr Hope Solo will be here shortly to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (1:40 PM)
Hang on folks. It's been a busy day for Hope. We're still waiting.
Buzzmaster (1:55 PM)
We've got Hope!
What are your plans now that the world cup is over? Club ball or is there more WNT plans?
Hope Solo (1:56 PM)
Obviously, we're going to have some tour games. I'm not sure of the dates of those. Right in front of me, I have to go to L.A. And then I can't wait to get back to my house in Seattle. See my dog. Sleep in my own bed.
Having a couple of days to look back now, what do you think was the difference between the U.S. and Japan on Sunday?
Hope Solo (1:57 PM)
We've barely had time to sit back and watch footage. It's been 48 hours non stop, barely any sleep. We're still in the process of letting the dust settle and figure out the meaning of everything. At the same time, my heart goes out to Japan. We played an attacking style and they played their hearts out.
So, Hope, how tired are you of hearing these questions asking if you guys choked or not? I thought both teams were evenly matched and Japan just won the game. Simple.
Hope Solo (1:59 PM)
Well said. You're going to have your critics. That comes with the exposure of the game, the growth of the sport. We did not choke. We put our best game on the field. We can look each other in the eyes and know we put our best on the field. Those that say that, I have to wonder if they know the game or are soccer "experts."
How many times do you ever get asked about being related to Han Solo or having someone mention you and Han Solo?
Hope Solo (1:59 PM)
Hope Solo (1:59 PM)
I don't even think I blink an eye any more.
Lori (San Mateo, CA)
My 8 year old daughter is a huge fan, and a goalkeeper as well. What is the best advice any coach or trainer has given you that made you the player you are today?
Hope Solo (2:00 PM)
As a goalkeeper, I think a lot of coaches and people believe that it's about your hand-eye coordination as well as anything else. IT's something to focus on.
Daniel Purvis (Georgia)
If I counted correctly, you were forced to face 10 penalty kicks in the 2011 WC. As that number increases, does the difficulty increase? Obviously, there was more pressure in the final, but does one particular PK stand out as the most memorable?
Hope Solo (2:01 PM)
The game agaisnt Brazil and the one in Japan, were too different strategies. I approached them differently. It's never easy for a goalkeeper. The more shots there are, the odds are less welcoming for a goalkeeper.
Do you like wearing any of your goalie uniforms better than another? Do you wish you had on your lucky greys for the Japan game? You did well with that combination against Brazil!
Hope Solo (2:02 PM)
Purple is my first choice, grey is my second and yellow is my third. Be it my luck that we wore yellow in the final. Maybe that's wehere we went wrong.
Nate (Lawrence, KS)
How did you know you wanted to be a goal keeper?
Hope Solo (2:03 PM)
I still don't know that I want to be a goalkeeper! J/K. It just fell into my lap. I was an all around athlete. In the women's game, they used to put the overweight kid in goal or kids who weren't that athletic. When I started playing, I was different. Now it's changing to the point where people realize you need a good athlete in goal.
Julian (New York)
How bad was the inury during PKs? And thank you for all of the amazing memories!
Hope Solo (2:04 PM)
I was pretty shook up when that happened. I think it was knee to knee with one of our defenders. My knee swelled. I was cut pretty bad. I didn't realize I was down as long as I was down. When our trainer came out, he looked into my eyes and could see I was shook up. but it had nothing to do with the PKs or goal.
I've heard that Hope is a big bookworm, going as far as packing a carry on full of books. What's her favorite book?
Hope Solo (2:05 PM)
People don't realize that I'm pretty introverted and keep to myself. I really appreciate my time and read a book. The book I traveled to Germany with is "Happiness is Bliss."
Are you planning to be playing in the Olympics and in 2015?
Hope Solo (2:06 PM)
Hope Solo (2:06 PM)
I've gotta give it one more try to go after the World Cup trophy. I thought this was our time. Now I have to fight another four years.
Greg K. (Woodstock, IL)
What are a couple aspects of your game that you'd like to work on to get ready for the Olympics next year? Are there any weak areas you feel you'd like to concentrate on?
Hope Solo (2:07 PM)
Yeah, you have to keep in mind that I just came off of injury. Going into this World Cup, I wasn't at my peak level. I wasn't where I wanted to be. You haven't seen my best goalkeeping. There's much I want to work on. I wasn't as sharp as I Wanted to be.
Sanders (Charlotte, NC)
Hey there Hope!Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. How was the USA support in Germany? Could you feel other nations cheering for you?
Hope Solo (2:08 PM)
In the quarterfinal game against Brazil, we walked into the stadium and it seemed like we had every fan rooting against us. At the end of the game, those fans were USA fans, because they saw our style, heart and passion. They really started to respect us and by the end of the tournament, we were crowd favorites.
Audrey (Ohio) [via mobile]
Hope, you hear the criticism (good and bad) against you loud and clear how do you keep your cool when it's brought up?
Hope Solo (2:09 PM)
None of that stuff bothers me. I use it to motivate me. Also, I know the people that know me the best and know the game the best have respect for me. That's all that matters. You have to be proud of the person you are and as a player. Frankly, I don't really care what the critics have to say.
Hope Solo (2:10 PM)
Thank you for following us in this World Cup!