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What They're Saying: Hope Solo
August 8th, 2017 2:49AM
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“I have a completely metal arm now -- I’m bionic. I’m better now than I have been in the last 10 years so I’m pain free and I have more range of motion."

-- Hope Solo, who has recovered from shoulder replacement surgery and wants to resume her playing career at the age of 36. She wants to represent the USA at the 2019 Women's World Cup but admitted it was highly unlikely it would ask her back. (AP)

  1. Chance Hall
    commented on: August 8, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.
    Man, does the USWNT need Solo back! Watching Jill experiment with other goalkeepers has been painful to watch. The other women are good, but they're just not at Hope's level yet. She's one of the best in the world. The women really need her back. Most of those goals they've given up would have been stopped by Solo. Tired of the whining excuses about the double standards about being a role model. Male athletes that play at her level are praised and given huge contracts and awards. Get over it people, Hope is the best, and the USWNT needs the best goalkeeper!
  1. Terry Ellis
    commented on: August 8, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.
    I agree that the goalkeeping is a problem but doubt that they will bring her back. Maybe she could coach the goalkeepers? I also agree that some of the recent goals that we have given up the Hope we remember would not have let in. But at 39 she may be beyond her time? But no one else has been her match since. I would hope they let her back one more time til we can come up with a keeper that is her equal!!
  1. :: SilverRey ::
    commented on: August 8, 2017 at 10:04 a.m.
    She would be 38 by the WC, that can be a prime age for keepers. For comparison Howard will be 39 next year. I totally agree with Sydney on this one. It's a huge double standard that she's has been blacklisted. I would love to see her make a comeback.
  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: August 8, 2017 at 7:41 p.m.
    Natl Team Head Coach Ellis must assume part of the blame for the current crisis in the WNT goalkeeping department. She did NOT give enough game time to Näher et al before Solo was banned. Hope Solo must be given a chance to re-qualify for the WNT goalkeeper position.
  1. Chance Hall
    commented on: August 9, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.
    Changed my name on the account from Sidney to Chance. Been my nickname since 1966. Anyway, it's time for US Soccer and Jill Ellis to step up, bite the bullet and admit their mistake for blacklisting Hope Solo. This is a huge double standard, and it's shameful. They need to get her back with the USWNT so they can prepare for the WC with the best goalie. She's one of the best in the world - male or female! It's also time to stop dragging the red herring across the trail using role model as an excuse for what they've done. Half of our top male athletes in ALL professional sports would be thrown out if they applied the same standards. C'mon folks we need Hope for 2019! Time to correct this and give the USWNT the best chance to win in 2019!!
  1. Footballer Forever
    commented on: August 9, 2017 at 2:52 p.m.
    "She's one of the best in the world - male or female!" come on, "mate!" Wth are you smoking lately? :P
  1. Bob Ashpole
    commented on: August 10, 2017 at 3:14 a.m.
    I agree that Solo should be given a chance to be one of the three keepers. I also agree that the WNT needs to do more to develop other keepers in the pool. So far you cannot fairly attribute Solo's non-selection to anything but her nonavailability. Nobody should be selected who is not playing regularly for their club, especially keepers. First step, she needs a club. Let's see what happens over the next 6 months.
  1. Chance Hall
    commented on: August 10, 2017 at 9:31 p.m.
    Wow Bob, that's about the most politically correct statement I've seen in a long time. I'm not sure there are many soccer fans or coaches out there who are unaware of Hope's abilities as a goal keeper. But, back to the subject. I have no doubt that if Hope gets the opportunity to play for the USWNT she will quickly become the number one keeper again. However the real hurdle is getting past Jill and US Soccer. I doubt that they will ever own up to the huge mistake and hatchet job they pulled on the public and Hope. But, "Hope Springs Eternal!!!" :)
  1. Bob Ashpole
    commented on: August 11, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.
    Past abilities Chance. Past. She hasn't played in almost a year and had shoulder reconstruction surgery. I wish here well in her hunt for a club.

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