She later rebounded to help the United States win gold medals at the 20 Summer Olympics. Although the team lost to Japan in a match that ended in penalties, Solo received the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper as well as the Bronze Ball award for her overall performance at the tournament.During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, her exceptional skill was highlighted especially during a quarter-final match against Brazil, which the U. Following her performance at the 2011 World Cup, Solo participated in the television show Dancing with the Stars and posed for various magazines, most notably the "Body Issue" of ESPN The Magazine.
(born July 30, 1981) is an American soccer goalkeeper, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup gold medalist.She has been goalkeeping for the United States women's national soccer team since 2000.After playing at the collegiate level for the University of Washington, she played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).When the WUSA folded after her first season, she traveled to Europe to play for the top division leagues in Sweden and France.Solo described how it seemed like a vacation at first, but soon realized it was not.
Although her parents had divorced when she was six and she lived with her mother, Solo maintained a close relationship with her father after re-connecting with him during her college years at the University of Washington.
He continued to be a major influence in her life until his death of a heart attack in June 2007.
From 2009 to 2011, she played in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and magic Jack.
After the WPS ceased operations in early 2012, she played for the Seattle Sounders in the W-League.
She currently plays for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. She was the starting goalkeeper for the majority of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and helped lead the U. national team to the semifinals having given up only two goals in four games, including three consecutive shutouts.
Solo is regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world and currently holds the U. After a controversial move made by head coach Greg Ryan to bench Solo in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry for the semifinal, in which the United States was defeated 4–0 by Brazil, Solo made headlines with post-game remarks that resulted in many teammates shunning her.