US women’s captain opens up about the real Hope Solo
Rio Carli Lloyd could give classless Hope Solo a lesson on is not until , when Lloyd will be near her own planned retirement date. Carli Lloyd, as everyone knows by now, is not an average human being. We started dating in , so we've known each other half our lives. stars over the years have had the same thing - Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. Carli Lloyd, the U.S. Women's National Team soccer star who scored Teammate Hope Solo echoes Lloyd, saying, “People don't always turn.
You always learn through those trying moments, those tough moments, and I've had a lot of them. It's made me stronger. At what point did you feel comfortable going public with everything that happened with your family?
Well, actually, when we were meeting with publishers, I never mentioned once anything about my family. Everything was purely soccer, and that's how I was going to keep it.
After giving Wayne a little bit of the backstory of my family - because obviously he was asking, he wanted to pop over to their house and interview them - I had to let him know what was going on. I told him, "I don't want to include it in the book. I think it's just private, I don't want to share it. To a lot of different people, it was the worst thing in the world, really, for my family to not be a part of this [and] for me to have to continue to be strong and move on without them.
I'm happy that I did it, and hopefully in the near future we can put the pieces back together. And the same with the crash in late on the Garden State Parkway that destroyed your car and could have seriously injured you - or worse - but you were able to escape? It's, again, just part of the story. Actually, that's probably the one regret I had - I probably should have never left my house that day.USWNT Victory Tour: Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd & Julie Johnston raise the flag on the Space Needle
But I really, really wanted to bake some cookies that weekend [she said laughing]. It was a scary moment. Lucky to be alive. It just goes to show you that life can be over in a blink of an eye, and you want to have no regrets.
What's it like to know that all these kids here are waiting your autograph? It's nothing new to you, but even little boys up look to you, not just girls. Has it kind of transcended this area? What does that mean to you?
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Is being a role model something you think about often? I pride myself on being a role model.
I don't have to leave the house and suddenly put on that role model hat. It's just who I am. I think the biggest message is, I was really against all odds. Nobody really thought I would go on to become the best player in the world.
I didn't even think that.
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The only person who did really think that was James [Galanis]. Thirteen years later, we've accomplished that, but now I still want more. So I think it's just a good lesson and a good inspiration to a lot of different kids out there that no matter what's going on in your life - whether your family members aren't speaking to you, or your coach doesn't like you - you can make it to the top through hard work and perseverance. What was this night like overall? This is my third big signing [she did events in in New York and northern New Jersey on Monday] and it's been cool.
This is really what it's all about. Kids look up to me, and it's inspiring. I'm proud of the book, I'm proud of who I am and what I've accomplished, and I want to help inspire the next generation.
Some of your old Medford Strikers teammates were here, and you were surrounded by faces that knew you and that you knew. What's it like to share this event with them? They've been a big part of it. We started dating inso we've known each other half our lives. It's cool - everyone has seen the journey, the ups and downs, where I started out, where I am now.
That's why all of these people are near and dear to me: They've believed in me, supported me. It was special to have a bunch of my former Medford Strikers teammates [here]. That was honestly one of the best teams I've played on, just as far as having so much fun with the girls, and traveling every single weekend.
Our parents all got along. And just the number of people here. That wouldn't necessarily have been the case a couple of years ago - even more so the number of people wearing jerseys with your name and number on the back. Is that still something you're getting used to? Before, no one could even find a number 10 jersey, and if it was, it was one they made from scratch. I go to games and I look around the stadium and I try to sign every number 10 jersey that I see, because I'm thankful that they're repping my jersey and supporting me.
One of the funniest stories in your book is that you picked the number 10 jersey because it was the number Phillies star Darren Daulton wore.
People assume it's because of the position you play in midfield, but it's not? I liked Lenny Dykstra as well. In one earlier photo [in the book] I was number 4. I remember trying to get the 4 on my club team, the Medford Strikers, but that was taken. That just stuck with me. Speaking of number 10s, have you met Christian Pulisic yet?
Would you like to? I like his style, I like his eye for the goal. Would you have ever thought that two of the most talked-about American soccer players at a given time would be from around here? Granted, Hershey's across two rivers from Delran, but still, from the wider Philadelphia region? It doesn't surprise me. It must be in the water. This was one of the most memorable turns of phrase in your book, on the subject of the national team's locker room dynamics: Do outsiders just assume that everything is perfect with the women's national team in a way that they might not assume about men's sports teams?
Solo has little left to accomplish in international soccer. She has two Olympic gold medals and one World Cup title. Individually, she has two World Cup Golden Glove awards and a staggering shutouts in games. Firstly because of shoulder replacement surgery, a final effort to clear up some long-standing issues. Secondly, and more infamously, because of her six-month suspension now served from the US team after the Olympics.
US Soccer put up with Solo until a drop in performance, including a couple of uncharacteristic blunders in the Olympics, made her expendable. CNN commentator Mel Robbins made that case in criticizing US Soccer as an example of a dysfunctional organization tolerating misbehavior by its top performers: She has trashed her coaches, berated team-mates and frustrated the federation. And until now, US Soccer has given her behavior a slap on the wrist.
Last Wednesday, that came to an end.
But the next year, she was back. And in the Olympic final, she turned in one of her many big-game masterpieces as the USA won gold and exacted revenge on the Brazilian team that played them off the field in Her book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, doubled down on some of those accusations and re-opened the scars of the benching.
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A couple of her targets returned fire. Team-mates from said little about her accusations of unfair treatment.
And once again, Solo shook off the controversy and emerged with on-field honors: The general public learned of her engagement to former NFL player Jerramy Stevens when police arrested Stevens at her house the evening before their wedding in Stevens was never charged.
InStevens served 30 days in jail and Solo was suspended from the national team for 30 days after Stevens was arrested for DUI while driving a US team van. Inshe was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault after an incident with two relatives.