20 January 2019
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Women's World Cup: Hope Solo's 'freaking huge' performance

foot ballHer career has been a rollercoaster both on and off the pitch, but USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo produced a display in the Women's World Cup that one teammate described as "freaking huge."

Solo's performance in the USWNT's 3-1 win over Australia in its opening game of the tournament rekindled memories of Tim Howard's heroics in last year's men's World Cup.

Howard was dubbed the "Secretary of Defense" by adoring fans on social media.

Solo had gone into the match in Winnipeg under something of a storm.

The 33-year-old has been embroiled in a domestic violence case since June 2014, though charges against her were dismissed by a judge in Washington state in January.

However later that month, Solo was suspended by U.S. Soccer for 30 days following "an incident that occurred during a WNT training camp being held in Carson, California."

Solo's husband, former pro football player Jerramy Stevens, was charged with driving under the influence in Manhattan Beach, California, about 12 miles from Carson. The Los Angeles Times reported that Solo was in the passenger seat.

Solo missed the U.S. team's matches in France and England in February, but she was back to her best and was the USWNT's team outstanding player.

"I am perfectly focused, sir, perfectly focused," Solo responded when asked if her preparations had been affected by new details ESPN provided ahead of the match against Australia.

USWNT team media officials then cut short Solo's interview.

Her first standout moment came after just five minutes when she tipped Emily van Egmond's shot onto the bar and out for a corner.
Courtesy - CNN

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