Here in this article, we will be focusing on some cool and interesting facts about Hope Amelia Solo.
Hope Amelia Solo is a famous America football / Soccer goal keeper. She started playing football at college level for the University of Washington. Professionally she played for the Philadelphia Charge in Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). She played in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) for Saint Louis, Athletica, Atlanta Beat and Magic Jack from 2009 till 2011. She then started playing for Seattle Sounders in the W-League after WPS ceased operation in early 2012. Currently, she represents Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, the top division of Women’s Soccer in the United States. She is considered to be undoubtedly one of the top female goalkeepers in the world.
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COOL AND INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HOPE AMELIA SOLO
1. Most Career Clean Sheet Record Holder
The most amazing fact about her is that she holds the United State’s record for most career clean sheets. She have only two goals in four games including three consecutive shoot outs that helped United State’s women soccer team to reach to semi finals of 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
2. Golden Glove Award Winner & Bronze Ball Award Winner
An inspiring fact about her is that, she won both golden glove award as well as bronze ball award in 2011 FIFA Women World Cup. She depicted extra ordinary skills in saving shots of opponent team players letting United States win on penalty kicks.
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3. Various inspiring career statistics
Another immensely inspiring fact about her is that she holds number of goalkeepers records for his national team. She has 202 appearances, 190 starts, 153 wins, 102 shutouts, 26 wins in a season with consecutive minutes played 1,256 and not to forget the longest undefeated streak of 55 games.
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4. Named Pac – 10 Player of the Year
A great fact about her is that she has been the first Washingtonian to be named Pac – 10 Player of the Year award during her sophomore year and perhaps, the first goalkeeper ever to receive this award. As a senior, she was the only goalkeeper nominated for the Hermann Trophy.
5. Women’s Professional Soccer Goalkeeper of the year
Another outstanding fact about this great player is that, she was named Women’s Professional Soccer Goalkeeper for the Year 2009. During this year, she was marvellous with her saves. Her approach to controlling the game, diverting the attacks of the opponent team players and thinking ahead of others gave a strong additive advantage consequently, winning back to back.
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6. US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Another interesting and cool fact about Amelia is that she won the highest award to a soccer player in the United States. In 2009 season in addition to winning Women’s Professional Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year she also claimed US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year to her name.
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7. 27th American Women & 2nd Goalkeeper to reach 100 caps
Another interesting fact about her is that she is twenty seventh American women to reach 100 caps for United States. Not limited to this, this fact also makes her the only second goalkeeper too. This shows she was always the first and best choice of the team selectors. Whenever, she was defending the United State’s goal post, it was literally next to impossible for opponent players to put a goal against her national team.
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8. Received public warning from USADA
An unpleasant yet interesting fact about her is that, on June 15 her urine test was conducted. The results showed presence of Canrenone. This is a banned substance prohibited for players. Consequently, she received a public warning from United States Anti Doping Agency popularly known as (USADA). However, the positive test did not require her to withdraw from any pre – Olympic matches.
9. US record holder of most shutouts
Another inspiringly interesting fact she has onto her credit his that, on 13th September with her 72nd shutout in a friendly match against Mexico she made a United State’s record with most shutouts. Earlier, this record was held by a retired goalkeeper Briana Scurry with 71 shutouts. But she surpassed her winning that game with 8 – 0. In 2016, Solo earned her 100th international shutout, 150th career win and above all 197th cap in a friendly match against South Africa.
10. Victim of iCloud leaks of celebrity photos
A very weird fact about her is that in 2014, iCloud was hacked by unknown hackers and they leaked the pictures of number of celebrities including Solo. She expressed solidarity with other women affected and criticized the culprits stating “This act goes beyond the bounds of human decency”.
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11. Got arrested
Another very sad fact about her is that, in 2014 she got arrested too. Yes! She was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault in the fourth degree; one against her half-sister and the other against her nephew. However, she was released shortly after pleading not guilty.
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12. Proud brand ambassador
Solo is a brand ambassador of number of companies including Seiko, Simple Skincare, Nike, BlackBerry, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Gatorade, Bank of America.
13. Appearances for Showbiz
Another interesting fact about Solo is that she has been active in showbiz too. She was a contestant on the 13th season of the Dancing with Starts television series. She made appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Piers Morgan Tonight and the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Chelsea Lately and Whitney. In 2012 she was the focus of an ESPN E: 60 episode. In 2013, she was featured in the PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America and ESPN documentary series Nine for IX. In 2016, she starred with teammates in docu-series called Keeping Score broadcast by Fullscreen. She has been featured on the covers of Fitness, Sport Illustrated, Newsweek, TV Guide, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and Vogue. She also appeared nude in The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.
14. Released autobiography
A very amazing fact about her fans is that she released her autobiography in 2012 by the title of Solo: A Memoir of Hope co-authored with sports columnist and commentator Ann Killion and published by Harper Collins.
15. Solo and Ticker Tape Parade
Last but not the least fact about her is that she along with her teammates became the first women’s sports team to be honoured with a Ticker Tape Parade in New York City. Each player received a key to the city from Mayor. In October of the same year, the team was honoured by President Barak Obama at the White House.
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