Hope Solo, who is one of the most successful soccer players of all time, was recognized by U.S. Soccer for her 200 career appearances with the national team. The ceremony took place in San Diego, prior to a match between the United States and Denmark.
Legendary milestone for a legendary player. Honoring @hopesolo tonight. pic.twitter.com/22C0kw98Sv
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) January 22, 2018
Solo’s 202 career games with the national team is more than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history. She also holds a record of 101 shutouts, with an average of 0.54 goals per game.
“Hands down, Hope is and will be the best goalkeeper to have played for U.S. Soccer,” U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd said. “What she’s done has been absolutely tremendous. It’s been a pleasure to play with her, it’s been a pleasure to call her a teammate and friend. She’s obviously moving on to different avenues in her life, and I think celebrating her 200th cap as a player is definitely deserving. I’m happy that she is kind of getting that last little bit of celebration for her career. She can bring her friends and family here and enjoy that moment.”
Her career included three World Cup appearances and three Olympic appearances for the United States. While it has been over a year since her last game, she recently announced her candidacy for U.S. Soccer President and has been named one of the final eight candidates for the position.
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