One day after raising the National Women’s Soccer League Shield with her Seattle Reign FC teammates, Hope Solo’s tremendous weekend in her home city continued with honors from two of the Emerald City’s other sport franchises.
On Sunday, Hope and her United States Women’s National Team/Reign FC teammate Megan Rapinoe were honored with golden scarves before the Seattle Sounders – Portland Timbers match at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The Sounders honor members of the community who are a part of the city’s proliferating soccer scene or do remarkable works for the society in Seattle. This is Hope’s second golden scarf honor; and she’s the only person to have been honored twice by the Sounders.
“Obviously, I grew up in the state of Washington on the east side, and then I came to school here on the west side. I’ve been able to see soccer grow from an early age,” Hope said in an interview on the sidelines during the Sounders match. Now, I’m playing professional soccer here in Seattle, in the city that I love in the state that I love.”
In addition to representing Seattle as a member of Reign FC in the upcoming NWSL playoffs , Hope will take the Seattle pitch in October wearing her nation’s colors during the USWNT’s Victory Tour. As a part of their World Cup championship celebration, the American women will host Brazil at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 21. The game is set for a 7 p.m. PT kickoff on that Wednesday night, and it is a date Hope has been looking forward to for her entire career.
“To kind of put the cherry on top, the U.S. team has come to Seattle to play a big game here at CenturyLink that we get to play against Brazil, it’s all encompassing,” she said. “It started from way back when, when I played in little eastern Washington to now being able to play in CenturyLink for the U.S. team, it’s pretty incredible. And, we wouldn’t be able to do that without the incredible support here in the city.”
To celebrate that support from Seattle, Hope had the reins of the @ReignFC Instagram account all day Sunday. Through a series of photos, she took fans inside the whole experience, from a power outage that nearly kept them from making the game, to being on the field at the Link with her husband Jerramy.
After watching the Sounders capture a 2-1 victory, Hope headed over to KeyArena, where she was honored during a halftime ceremony as the WNBA’s Seattle Storm took on the Washington Mystics. Once again, Hope was Instagramming the whole way, capturing a perfect ending to a fantastic weekend across the city she loves.