Enough is Enough: Thought's On Hope Solo's Termination - WSN247
After recent news breaking that Solo has decided to end her time with the Seattle Reign; I’m not sure how probable a return to the USWNT will be.
NOW CASTING: USSF is in need of an extremely talented goalkeeper who can win them lots of medals and money, but who also speaks her mind so they can then villainize her and leave her out to dry in the face of media scrutiny.
Oh wait, looks like they cast this role a long time ago. Congratulations, Hope Solo! They knew you were the right gal from the second you showed your skill on the field and the day you dared to open your silly lady mouth.
Hope Solo has dedicated 17 years of her life to this team. She has been a major staple of it for much of that time. She has grown the sport here more than people are willing to give her credit for. She has broken records that no one could fathom. She has won medals on medals on medals. She has made saves that have defied all logic and gravity. She has inspired millions.
They just took someone who has dedicated almost two decades to this team and this sport and threw her in the garbage essentially. Not only someone who dedicated herself to the team, but to growing the sport in this country. Take away Hope Solo and yes, women’s soccer would still be popular here because there have been dozens of names who have helped do that in the past 20-30 years.
I do not agree with the suspension. I do not agree with the media attacking her relentlessly. I do not agree with her being made out to be a villain. The good thing about Solo is that she uses that kind of stuff as fuel. You tell her she can’t do something, or you boo her or yell awful things at her; she does what a good competitor should do. She uses it to fuel her passion and become even better.
We all know the Hope Solo era would be coming to an end soon, but not this end. We had to watch Briana Scurry’s legacy end on a terrible coaching decision that put her in a terrible situation. I can’t watch Hope Solo’s legacy end on a suspension because USSF has no respect for someone who basically paid for the houses they live in. For anyone who ever called Solo classless, I invite you to take a look at her federation.
I’m wishing her the best and hoping she will be back in a USWNT jersey, with that same passion and fire she always comes to the field with. What about you? Do you agree with her suspension? Do you think the USSF went too far? Do you wish unicorns were real?