Hope Solo hasn’t played in a competitive soccer game since last year’s World Cup, which ended for the United States in a penalty kicks loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals. After the game, Solo called the Swedish players “a bunch of cowards” for their defensive-minded tactics, which in turn led the U.S. Soccer Federation to suspend her for six months and terminate her national team contract. That, combined with the shoulder-replacement surgery she had during the suspension, led many to assume that her career was over, at least on soccer’s biggest stages.
Solo says such assumptions are wrong. Speaking Monday to the Associated Press in Amsterdam, where she’s being honored for being named to this year’s World XI team by her fellow players, Solo said she hopes to play again, professionally and for the U.S. national team.
“Let’s be clear, a goalkeeper peaks a little bit later in their career, so I feel like I have many years ahead of me if that opportunity arises,” she said. “I’m very happy with my career should I walk away from the game today, but I’m not one to retire. I have not retired.”
She added that her “shoulder is doing great.”
“I have a completely metal arm now — I’m bionic,” Solo said. “I’m better now than I have been in the last 10 years, so I’m pain free and I have more range of motion. I’m very happy with my health right now and I’m very happy with my fitness. I’m ready to get back.”
As for her next destination, Solo said earlier this year that she was unlikely to return to the Seattle Reign, for which she had played since 2013. In June, news broke that French club Olympique de Marseille reportedly was…
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