As one of the best-known players on the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team, goalkeeper Hope Solo is going to be in the news quite a bit over the next couple of weeks. Not always for her actions on the field, though, as her recent Twitter feud with former teammate Brandi Chastain proved. Solo took to the Twittersphere to criticize Chastain—who played on the U.S. national team until 2004 and now serves as a sports pundit—for her comments regarding the team's defense. We're not too big on following celebrity Twitter exchanges, but we do recommend getting to know Solo. So here's a bio-gallery. Go go USA!
Solo hails from Richland, Washington.
She was a star forward on her high school soccer team, scoring 109 goals in her four years at Richland High and leading her squad to three consecutive league titles and a state championship.
Solo switched to goalkeeper in college at the University of Washington and enjoyed a standout career at the position.
After college she played for the former WUSA team Philadelphia Charge and toured Europe with various clubs in Sweden and France.
Solo later went on to play for the clubs Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and magicJack.
In 2004 she went to her first Olympics in Athens as an alternate. She quickly established herself as the women's team's number one keeper and has started regularly since 2005.
So far in London, Solo has made headlines more for her Twitter comments about Chastain than her play, despite the team's victories over France and Colombia. Probably because of gems like this one: Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago Harsh, though we do like an athlete with a little fire in her belly. And if she keeps watering the lawn this way, we'll be fans for life.
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