Hope Solo At 2011 Brickyard 400

Hope Solo and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota

Hope Solo seems to be the kind of athlete every league or association wants, a superstar that transcends the boundaries of their sport. Of all the wonderfully talented players in women’s soccer, and specifically on the US Women’s National Team, Hope seems to be the one that can attract American fans that might not normally watch women’s soccer. Is it her great skill? She did win the golden glove at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Is it her looks? She has men falling over each other to propose marriage. Is it her name? She doesn’t need a catchy nickname like the Pink Panther (Paula Creamer). Whatever the reason or reasons, she has the opportunity to bring more American fans to women’s soccer. At first, maybe they’ll just care about her. But hopefully (no pun intended) some of them will stay to root for other great players like Marta, Homare Sawa and Abby Wambach, to name just a few.

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