Hope Solo Calls Out Rio Olympics Security Problems

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As you already know, United States Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Hope Solo does not hold back. When she speaks her mind, it makes headlines. Just as it should because an overwhelming majority of athletes are “corporate” 99% of the time, and don’t say anything that ever strays from the party/company line.

Solo is the opposite. She often lets loose, and because of that she isn’t often available for match related (and both the club and country level) media opportunities. When she does talk to the press, it’s a special treat, and today was definitely one of those special occasions.

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Amy Rodriguez dominates Chicago; propels KC to Final

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Amy Rodriguez is a member of many teams: the United States Women’s National Team, FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League, and theoretically, Bill Simmons’ “Reggie Cleveland All-Stars.” Rodriguez is FCKC’s leader in assists, goals and shots. She is the focal point of their offense.

Today, she dominated the first of the two NWSL semifinal matches, scoring two goals in the first 25 minutes, as visiting KC routed Chicago 3-0. The Red Stars surrendered three goals in a 13 minute span that essentially rendered the remaining 65+ minutes irrelevant.

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Hope Solo: USA Goalkeeper Photos and Bio

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The countdown to the women’s World Cup begins. We started with Alex Morgan today and now continue with Hope Solo.

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VIDEO: Tottenham Hotspur training with Lakers PG Steve Nash

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Former NBA MVP and soon to be retiring superstar Steve Nash joined Tottenham Hotspur during their training in Toronto. It was the day before Spurs defeated Toronto FC 3-2 in an international friendly.  Nash grew up in the west coast of Canada wanting to play professional soccer as a child. That sport, not basketball, was actually the first love of the current Los Angeles Lakers point guard.

His father and grandfather were both from Tottenham, so being a true Spurs supporter runs deep in his bloodlines.

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Gretchen Bleiler is a name you need to know for Sochi

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the names you need to know when the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gets going early next month. Gretchen Bleiler received a lot of publicity in October of 2011 when she appeared in ESPN the magazine’s “Body Issue.” Although the main star of that show was soccer star Hope Solo, pretty much naked almost on the cover.

32-year-old Gretchen Bleiler is an halfpipe snowboarder from Toledo who currently resides in Aspen.

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USA wins in Mexico for first time ever, 1-0

The US women’s gold-medal winning team may have dominated American soccer headlines the past month, but the US men have just made a resounding statement of their own.  For the first time ever, the men’s national team has defeated Mexico on Mexican soil, thanks to late tally from Michael Orozco Fiscal.  The game-winner, which was created by a trio of US substitutes, silenced the crowd at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, leading to just the second non-defeat for the US in 25 matches played against its rivals in Mexico. [Read more…]

London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

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London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

Hope Solo considered playing in a men’s soccer league

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Hope Solo doesn’t seem to ever be lacking in confidence, and when her former women’s soccer league folded, she considered another option. And that option shows that she really believes in herself.

“I thought about it (playing in a men’s league) when our league folded,” Solo told Goal.com. “I thought about playing for a lower-division men’s club team in St. Louis.”

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Hope Solo Deemed “Too Muscular” for Dancing with the Stars

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You may wonder why U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo was so whiny and complainy after being cut during the semi-final round of “Dancing with the Stars.” Her Q Rating suffered greatly as she came off as a sore loser. She told Anderson Cooper some of the reasons why.

“I was told I had too much muscle and I was too intense and wasn’t very dainty,” Solo told Cooper. “Well, hello–you cast a female professional athlete. Help me get better as a dancer.”

She makes some valid points. You can see her body’s muscle mass in the Body Issue. Or in this video game ad.

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Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach up for FIFA Player of the Year

The banner year for the USWNT continues as the World Cup run led to their three main stars: Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, and Abby Wambach being nominated for the highest individual honor a women’s soccer player can achieve.

The following ten women soccer players are up for the title of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2011:

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