Hope Solo was born July 30, 1981 in Richland, Washington and is a goalkeeper for the United States Women's National Soccer Team.
At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team's all-time leader in clean-sheets, saves, and goals-against average (GAA). She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.
Following her college career, Solo was drafted for the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She also played for Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC of Goteborg, Sweden in the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division in 2005.
On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for St. Louis in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league (a revival of the WUSA) set to start play in April 2009.
On June 23, 2008, it was announced Solo would be the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In a reversal of roles from the 2004 Olympics, Brianna Scurry did not make the team (though she was an alternate). On August 21, the U.S. women's team won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1-??0 in extra time in no small measure due to Solo's outstanding performance as she stopped an energetic Brazil attack, making save after save.