[U.S. SOCCER AWARDS] Hope Solo is the 2009 Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper to win the U.S. Soccer honor.
Solo was named MVP of the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March after leading the USA to the championship over Sweden and helped St. Louis Athletica to a second-place finish in the WPS regular season.
She also earned the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Solo allowed only one goal in just six matches for the national team.
Online votes registered at ussoccer.com counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including national team coaches and the members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors