“The game was on Hope’s birthday, so we thought she needed some fun. Abby proposed that Hope would do the worm if anyone on our team scored. With the possibility of a worm-dancing goalkeeper in our future, the mood was light when we hit the field at Old Trafford. Abby scored in the 25th minute. Sure enough, Hope dropped to the ground and did the worm! Christie Rampone joined in, and we all grabbed hands and did a little worm wave with our arms. It was hilarious, and it brought us all together in the same way making those snow angels had done years before.” – Alex Morgan, “Breakaway - Beyond the Goal”.
Stiles:*whispers to Scott* Dude, he did purposely. Scott: Liam, what the hell are you doing?! Liam: Leave me alone! *runs to the locker room* You:*moarning in pain* Now I do understand why he could become a captain of our team, ha-ah. Stiles: Well, she’s fine. So, Scotty, your little beta is absolutely not crazy and dangerous. You: Huh? Stiles: Just lie where you’re. Couch’s just called doctors for you. You: Really? Stiles: No. He’s crying because we’ve just lost our best goalkeeper for a month. You: Not my fault. Has Liam always been so incredibly strong? Scott: Um… Stiles: No. There are special reasons for it. Like full moon. Or an unrequited love. You know. Teenagers stuff.
They told us we were disgusting. They said Portugal was carried by Ronaldo. They said we had no business being in the Final and that we would, for sure, lose. Well, we disgusted them with a victory. I am ready for those who will say we did not deserve it. That it was luck. Though, everyone who saw our goalkeeper play can tell you otherwise. Everyone that saw the strength of our team when our best player was forced to abandon the match can tell you that we fucking deserve it. We defended with all our might and knew how to take advantage of the times we had a chance to attack. I am so proud of you. Of the excellent coach we have. Of the best player in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo. Of Eder who scored and made Portugal the Europe’s Champion. Of Pepe who defended brilliantly. Of Renato Saches who showed the world what they newest generation has to offer. Of Nani who is, to this date, one of my favourite players in the world. I have to thank you all for the great joy you gave us tonight and for the smile you brought to the face of millions. You made history and we will honour your legacy the only way we know how: with pride.
The fact that people feel the need to express these opinions on Syd’s harmless photo says so much about our society. Yes, Hope has made mistakes in the past but she has gotten past those. We as people don’t personally know Hope Solo, her team does. If her teammates can accept her for what she has done in the past then we can and should. Hope Solo is so much better than what the media makes her out to be. She is the best goalkeeper in the world, and she’s our goalkeeper. No one should be continually reminded of what they have done by the media and “fans” and it’s downright rude to even jokingly blame Hope for this. Syd’s a soccer player, she gets hit in the face by the ball a lot.