Hope Amelia Solo is a former soccer goalkeeper from the United States. She was a goalie for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, and she is a two-time Olympic gold winner and World Cup champion.
She played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women’s United Soccer Association after playing collegiately for the University of Washington (WUSA).
When the WUSA disbanded after her first season, she went to Europe to play for top-tier teams in Sweden and France.
She played in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, and magicJack from 2009 to 2011. She played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders when the WPS folded in early 2012.
She most recently played in the National Women’s Soccer League with Seattle Reign FC, the top league of women’s soccer in the United States.
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Date of Birth:||1981-07-30|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Early Life of Hope Solo
On July 30, 1981, Hope Amelia Solo was born in Richland, Washington. When Hope was six years old, her parents, Judy and Jeffrey, divorced.
Hope Solo has three siblings, brothers Marcus and Dave, as well as a half-sister named Teresa. When Solo was seven years old, Jeffrey was jailed for kidnapping after bringing Hope and Marcus to a Seattle hotel for a few days instead of taking them to a baseball game as he had promised.
Jeffrey was a Vietnam War veteran who had taught Solo how to play soccer as a young child. Solo played forward for the soccer squad at Richland High School.
She contributed 109 goals to Richland and helped the team win league championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Hope guided the team to a state title during her senior year, and by the time she graduated, she had earned two “Parade” All-American honors.
She was also a member of the Three Rivers Soccer Club during this time. Solo was accepted to the University of Washington in 1999 after receiving multiple college recruitment offers.
She chose to study in speech communications and joined the Washington Huskies soccer team, where she played goalkeeper.
When Hope graduated in 2002, she was the team’s all-time leader in saves, shutouts, and goals against average. In her new role, Hope eventually rose to the top of the Pac-12 Conference.
Throughout her four years of college, she was a Pac-10 All-Star and was recognized as an NSCAA All-American in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
As a sophomore, Solo became the first goalie and a native of Washington to be selected Pac-10 Player of the Year. In her senior season, Solo received a nomination for the Hermann Trophy.
Hope entered the Philadelphia Charge after graduating from college after being selected fourth overall in the 2003 WUSA Draft.
She participated in eight games in her rookie campaign, and the WUSA disbanded following the 2003 campaign. Early in 2004, Solo moved to Göteborg, Sweden, where he joined the Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC team in the Swedish Premier Division.
She joined Olympic Lyonnais, a First Division squad in France, the next season. Hope played with the Saint Louis Athletic after moving back to the United States from 2009 to early 2010, winning the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and U.S.
Soccer Female Athlete of the Year awards while she was a member of the squad. She joined the Atlanta Beat after the Saint Louis Athletic went out of business, and at the conclusion of her first campaign with the team, she underwent surgery on her right shoulder.
The Washington Freedom, where Solo signed in 2011, lost its franchise in October, and the WPS ceased play a few months later due to monetary and legal issues.
After joining the Seattle Sounders Women, Hope was assigned to the Seattle Reign FC in January 2013 for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Due to wrist surgery, she had to miss the first half of the season. In October of the same year, she transferred to Manchester City W.F.C. in England. 2014 saw Solo rejoin the Seattle Reign, and following the conclusion of the regular season, she was selected for the Second XI team.
She competed for her country in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but after criticizing Sweden’s team for “playing like cowards,” she was suspended and her contract with the national team was cancelled.
Hope Solo’s International Career
Hope participated in youth national soccer teams before switching to the senior team in 2000. She was an alternate for the national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, but in 2005 she took over as the squad’s starting goalie.
At both the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, Solo started in goal for the United States, assisting them in their gold-medal victory over Brazil.
She participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup again in 2011 and was honored with Golden Glove and Bronze Ball awards.
In 2012, she also assisted the United States squad in capturing another Olympic gold, this time at the London Summer Games.
Hope had surgery on her left wrist in 2013, which prevented her from playing for three months, and in 2015, she helped the United States side win the FIFA Women’s World Cup while also winning the Golden Glove award.
Hope Solo’s Net Worth
Hope Solo is an American ex-professional soccer player and spokesperson with a $3 million net worth. Solo was the goalkeeper for the United States national soccer team from 2000 until 2016.
Obviously, the incomes of female athletes are far lower than those of male athletes. The great majority of Hope’s net worth is the result of endorsement partnerships with firms such as Nike, Gatorade.
Simple Skincare, and Bank of America, as well as Team USA endorsements. After the success of the United States women’s soccer team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, this is especially true.
As of 2016, Solo holds U.S. goalkeeper records for victories (153), shutouts (102), the longest undefeated streak (55 games), and continuous minutes played (1,200).
Solo has won two Olympic Gold Medals, which the U.S. team earned at the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Games.
In 2011, Hope placed fourth on “Dancing with the Stars,” and in 2012, she published her book “Solo: A Memoir of Hope.”
Jerramy Stevens, a former American football player, is her husband. They’ve been together since Solo returned from the Olympics in mid-August 2012.
Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assault on November 12, 2012, following an argument in which Solo was hurt. Stevens was released the next day after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to imprison him.
The following day, the couple married. Solo and Stevens revealed in December 2019 that they were expecting twins. Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens were born on March 4, 2020.
Solo was one of the victims of the iCloud celebrity photo hacks in 2014, during which multiple naked pictures of her were exposed online.
She expressed solidarity with the other victims and chastised the offenders, saying, “This conduct goes beyond the norms of human decency.”
Awards and Successes
Hope Solo has been a good soccer player for many years and has won numerous awards. In 2013, she was named Sports Spectacular Female Athlete of the Year, WPS Goalkeeper of the Year, and U.S.
Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. She also received several other honors, such as the Phoenix Mercury Woman of Inspiration Award, the Do Something Award, and the Hall of Games She’s got a Game Award.
After winning the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Gloves, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze Ball, and the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Golden Glove, Hope attained such enormous fame.
She was named the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year as well as the IFFHS World’s Best Woman Goalkeeper in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
As one of the best female soccer players in the world, Hope Solo is regarded one of the top options for brand endorsements.
Hope has negotiated endorsement deals with some of the most prominent brands, like Nike and others. She has promoted various brands, including EA Sports, Simple Skincare, Seiko, Gatorade, BlackBerry, Ubisoft, Bank of America, Western Union, LX Ventures, Inc., Mobio, ESPN’s SportsCenter, and Organically Raw, among others.
Solo is one of the wealthiest female soccer players in the country, and she has acquired several opulent mansions. In 2012, Hope purchased a luxurious 5,330-square-foot home in one of Kirkland, Washington’s upscale neighborhoods.
She paid $1.2 million for this property, which has a number of amenities, such as three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a swimming pool, a sports court, and stunning mountain views. Hope opted to sell this home for $1.75 million later in 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Hope Solo Earn?
Hope Solo’s yearly salary is estimated to be $500,000.
What is the Height of Hope Solo?
Hope Solo’s height is 5′ 9″.