anonymous asked:

Do you think Hope has been judged fairly about her issues? Not like her being a dumbass but her actual mental health issues

I think it’s a complicated situation. Sports media is incapable of presenting female athletes as nuanced human beings and Hope was hurt by that. Some of the dumbass, problematic things she has done in the past have plagued her to a lifetime of public condemnation. The short answer is that, no, she hasn’t been treated fairly in general, let alone in regards to her mental health issues. At least from the outside looking in, Hope Solo seems to be one of the most misunderstood athletes ever.

I think her teammate issues happening pre-social media age caused her to be unfairly labeled as a locker room cancer and a bad person overall. Her relentless pursuit of social justice in the face of a world that wants women to be reverent/silent - and let’s be honest, her dumb incidents in recent years - have allowed the “bad person” label to stick with her. Her introversion & personality overall has led her to be labeled as “cold” and “a bitch.” I honestly believe if she was 10 years younger, and all this shit went down in the social media age, where we would have been able to see her soft, caring side, a lot of these labels would’ve been lessened or disappeared altogether. It’s just that she’s been in the media as the “bad girl” of the team for so long that her personality hasn’t been shown for what is.
U.S. women’s soccer wins higher pay, improved support with five-year labor deal
The U.S. women’s soccer players’ union and the sport’s governing body have agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement, improving standards for the national team and pro league and ensuring labor harmony through the next World Cup and Olympics.

“In a joint statement, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer Federation said they have “ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S., grow the game of soccer worldwide and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”

In recent years, the players have raised issues about compensation and working conditions compared to their male counterparts, casting a shadow over the efforts of the most successful women’s team in soccer history and pitting the federation against wildly popular athletes, such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

In March 2016, the players  filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the USSF with wage discrimination. The case remains active.

Financial specifics were not immediately available, but people with knowledge of the pact said it includes:

  • Increase in direct compensation
  • Increase in bonus compensation
  • Enhanced benefits related to travel and hotels
  • Per diem equal to the U.S. men’s team
  • Greater financial support for players who are pregnant
  • Financial support for players adopting a child

Also, in a key gain, the players’ association will now control group likeness rights for licensing and nonexclusive rights in sponsorship categories where USSF does not have an agreement.”  

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I miss Solo.
I miss HAO.
I miss KO.
I miss Sonnett.
I miss Rampone.
I miss Rapinoe.
I miss ARod.
I miss Leroux.
I miss Kling.
I miss Holiday.
I miss Long in midfield.
I miss Pia Sundhage.
I miss the Department of Defence.
I miss being shown how to play like a badass.
I miss the USWNT.


This is one of the things I miss most about watching her play. And one of the most important yet underrated aspects of her game - her ability to command. Often times you could hear Hope shouting commands as soon as the opponent crossed the halfway line. Always ready, always focused. And I always found being able to hear her voice on the pitch from on-field mics so fascinating. Part of her psyche, the methods behind her technique; much like her notes on PK takers. Her ability to communicate effectively, command her line (and thus earn the trust of her defenders), and organize her players into positions that result in fewer opportunities in front of goal has lead to fewer saves and more shutouts throughout her career. The opposite of what most people think of when they think of this position, but an excellent goalkeeper is the one who doesn’t have to face the ball for the better part of 90 minutes.