Hope Solo was born Hope Amelia Solo in Richland, Washington, on July 30, 1981. Judy and Jeffrey, Hope’s parents, split when she was six years old, and she has three siblings: brothers Marcus and Dave, as well as a half-sister Teresa.
Solo’s father, a Vietnam War veteran, taught her how to play soccer when she was a toddler, and when she was seven years old, Jeffrey was imprisoned.
Solo played soccer at Richland High School and was a forward on the squad. She scored 109 goals for Richland and helped the team win league titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Hope led her team to a state title during her senior year, and by the time she graduated, she had been selected a “Parade” All-American twice. She was also a member of the Three Rivers Soccer Club at the time.
Solo got accepted to the University of Washington in 1999 after being solicited by a number of universities.
She majored in speech communications and played goalie for the Washington Huskies, the school’s soccer team.
Hope became the best goalie in Pac-12 Conference history in her new role, and when she graduated in 2002, she was the team’s all-time leader in saves, shutouts, and goals-against average.
All four years of college, she was an All-Pac-10 pick, and in 2000, 2001, and 2002, she was awarded an NSCAA All-American.
Solo was the first goalkeeper and Washingtonian to be selected Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore, and her senior year saw her nominated for the Hermann Trophy.
Hope Solo’s Career!
Hope Solo was drafted fourth overall in the 2003 WUSA Draft after graduating from college and joining the Philadelphia Charge.
During her maiden season, she appeared in eight games, and the WUSA disbanded following the 2003 season. Solo moved to Göteborg, Sweden, in early 2004 and began playing for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Swedish Premier Division.
The next year, she joined Olympique Lyonnais of the French First Division. Hope returned to the United States in 2009 and played for the Saint Louis Athletica, where she was crowned WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year during her stint with the team.
She joined the Atlanta Beat after the Saint Louis Athletica disbanded, and she had surgery on her right shoulder at the end of her first season with the team.
Solo signed with magicJack (previously the Washington Freedom) in 2011, but the team lost its franchise in October and the World Professional Soccer (WPS) halted operations a few months later due to financial and legal issues.
Hope then joined the Seattle Sounders Women before being assigned to the Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League in January 2013.
Due to wrist surgery, she missed half of the season and relocated to Manchester City W.F.C. in England in October of that year. In 2014, Solo rejoined the Seattle Reign, and she was named to the Second XI team at the end of the season.
She was a member of the Swedish national team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, however, she was suspended and her contract with the national team was cancelled when she remarked that Sweden’s players “performed like cowards.”
Hope Solo’s Personal Life!
Hope married Jerramy Stevens, a former football player, on November 13, 2012, after two months of dating.
Stevens was detained on suspicion of assault the day before the wedding after Solo was hurt during an incident, but he was released the next day due to a lack of evidence.
On March 4, 2020, Hope and Jerramy welcomed twins Lozen and Vittorio, and later that year, Conan, one of the couple’s five Doberman Pinschers, died after being shot.
Solo expressed her grief on the death of her pet canine, saying, “Conan was a lovely and caring person.
When he was shot, he had walked 30 yards away from our property. As animal lovers, we find it difficult to understand why someone would use their right to bear arms to shoot pets of any type.”
Awards and Honors of Hope Solo!
Solo was selected WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009, and in 2013, she was named Sports Spectacular Female Athlete of the Year.
She won the Do Something Award, the Hall of Game She’s Got Game Award and the Phoenix Mercury Woman of Inspiration Award in 2012.
In 2011, Hope earned the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze Ball, and the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Golden Glove.
In 2015, she has crowned the CONCACAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year, and in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, she was named the IFFHS World’s Best Woman Goalkeeper.
Hope Solo’s Net Worth!
Hope Solo is a $3 million net worth former professional soccer player and publicist from the United States. Solo was the goalkeeper for the United States National Soccer team from 2000 until 2016.
Female athletes’ pay, of course, is significantly lower than those of male athletes. Hope’s net worth is largely obtained from endorsement partnerships with firms such as Nike, Gatorade, Simple Skincare, and Bank of America, which she has received individually (as well as through Team USA endorsements).
This is particularly true following the victory of Team USA’s female soccer team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Solo holds two Olympic gold medals, one each for the United States in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London, and as of 2016, she held the US goalkeeper records for wins (153), shutouts (102), longest undefeated streak (55 games), and consecutive minutes played (1,256), to mention a few. Hope finished fourth on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011, and her autobiography “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” was published in 2012.
Hope Solo’s Real Estate!
Solo purchased a 5,330-square-foot home in Kirkland, Washington, for $1.2 million in 2012. In 2016, she sold the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom property for $1.75 million. There is a swimming pool, a sports court, and mountain views on the property.
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