But that will be tarnished by the series of incidents that have dogged her throughout her career, beginning her remarks after the
USA's 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 Women's World Cup.
She helped the USA win Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and the 2015 Women's World Cup and has recorded 103 shutouts in 202 international matches, the most a goalkeeper has ever played. Her last two seasons -- the two most important in the national team's four-year cycle -- have been the two best statistically of her career.
In 2015, Solo had a 0.43 goals-against average, the lowest for any years in which she played 10 or more games, and she finishes 2016 with 12 shutouts in 17 games and just seven goals allowed for a goals-against average of 0.45.
Solo's troubles began after head coach Greg Ryan benched Solo for the 2007 Women's World Cup semifinal in favor of Brianna Scurry, the hero of the 1999 Women's World Cup triumph. After the USA lost, 4-0, Solo blasted Ryan.
"It was the wrong decision," she said, "and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves."
Solo's teammates met and suspended her for the third-place against Norway, but she had the last laugh. Ryan did not have his contract renewed after having lost one game -- the game Solo didn't start -- and was replaced by Pia Sundhage.
The irony, of course, is that Sundhage, who put her back in goal for the 2008 Olympics, would be the target of Solo's tirade that got her suspended on Wednesday.
Asked about the quarterfinal loss to Sundhage's Sweden after the USA finished with a 27-6 edge in shots, Solo responded, "We played a creative game. We had many opportunities on goal. We showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team."
But then she added: "We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that."
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati remarked that Solo's comments "were highly inappropriate and not in line with the expectations of U.S. Soccer or the ideals of the Olympic movement" and both Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, two of a handful of players who remained in Rio after the USA's exit and therefore available for comment, said they didn't share Solo's opinion.
Their remarks were rare public rebukes of a teammate on what has always been a close-knit national team program and were followed by a meeting with U.S. coach Jill Ellis and general secretary Dan Flynn at which they informed her of the decision to suspend her and terminate her national team contract.
In announcing Wednesday's suspension, Gulati stressed the context for Solo's poor conduct -- at the Olympics, which "celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect." He added, "We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions."
But what got Solo a six-month suspension from the national team -- she'll still be paid by U.S. Soccer to play in the NWSL for the Seattle Reign -- was not her "cowards" remark in isolation.
"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. national team member," Gulati stated, "U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action."
U.S. Soccer did not suspend Solo after she was arrested in June 2014 on two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in June 2014 for allegedly striking her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert, and Obert's son in an early-morning altercation. U.S. Soccer later came in for extensive criticism for not suspending Solo in the case that was first dismissed and later reinstated as appeals continued over procedural issues related to the lack of cooperation of Obert and Obert's son.
But it suspended Solo for 30 days in early 2015 following the DUI arrest of her husband Jerramy Stevens after they used a team van at training camp in California. TMZ reported Solo was with Stevens when he was pulled over. It was told Solo was "acting belligerent" and the police "were thiiis close" to arresting Solo for disorderly conduct.
U.S. Soccer has not stated whether there were any probationary terms to Solo's suspension that were triggered with her remarks in Brasilia after the Sweden game or what other "past incidents" might have taken place.
After being suspended in 2015, Solo issued a statement that she accepted and respected the federation's decision and "more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me."
On Wednesday, she was less contrite, saying she was "saddened" by the federation's termination of her contract and could not be the player she is without being the person she is, "even when I haven't made the best choices or said the right things."
Rich Nichols, the executive director of the U.S. Women's National Team Players' Association, told SI.com's Grant Wahl that the organization believed U.S. Soccer's decision was the "excessive, unprecedented, disproportionate and a violation of Ms. Solo's First Amendment right" and would file an appeal.