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Hope Solo: top 7 moments in soccer star's tumultuous career (VIDEO)


Goalie Hope Solo and the United States play Germany on October 23, 2012, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.


Jared Wickerham

Hope Solo’s career continues to ricochet like a super ball tossed from a Manhattan rooftop.

The 31-year-old goaltender for the US women’s soccer team made headlines again this week when she exchanged vows with former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.

Aw, how nice … right? Well, not so much.

According to The Associated Press, police had to break up a party on Monday at 3:45 a.m. in Kirkland, Washington when someone called about a fight involving eight people.

It might have been an engagement party, because according to sundry sources, Solo and Stevens said “I do” on Tuesday capping what’s been a tumultuous two-month relationship.

Police started an investigation into domestic abuse against Stevens, but he was released without charge. and Washington sports radio host Dave Mahler both reported the marriage went ahead.

So, in honor of the special day, we present the top 7 … er … “moments” of Hope Solo’s career.

No. 7: 2007 Women’s World Cup
Solo was the newcomer challenging veteran Briana Scurry for the starting role. Coach Greg Ryan went with Scurry in the semifinal against Brazilians, who prevailed 4-0.

“It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There’s no doubt in my mind I would’ve made those saves,” Solo said after the game.

She was immediately suspended from the team.

No. 6. 2008 Summer Olympics
Yippy! A good new story about Solo rebounding from 2007 and backstopping the US to a 1-0 gold-medal victory over Brazil in Beijing which leads us straight into Solo appearing drunk on Today and sleeping with a celebrity.

“When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell.”

Well. The celeb she apparently bedded inside the Olympic village is an “Olympic secret.”

No. 5. 2011 Women’s World Cup
Pure class here, which makes Solo such a frustrating enterprise to follow. The US lost a penalty shootout to Japan in the final, and Solo did nothing but heap praise on the victors. She was a tournament all-star and its top goalie after beating Brazil in penalty shots despite an injured shoulder: “We lost to a great team, we really did,” Solo said.

No. 4. Dancing with the Stars
She finished fourth
in the 13th season, which aired in fall 2011, dancing with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The primetime hit assuredly introduced her to millions more Americans and potential sponsors.

That is …

No. 3. Solo: A Memoir of Hope
Her biography, released just after the 2012 Olympic gold medal, lashed out at all sorts of things. She said DWTS is rigged, and Chmerkovskiy shoved her around while they rehearsed for the show.

“He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard.”

Funny, why would he try so hard if the show’s rigged?

“Maks later told me he argued with the judges because he'd been told we were going to be eliminated, that there’s a secret memo going around that said who would be ousted each week.”

The book – in which she also accused Ryan of shoving her in 2007 – would become a best seller.

No. 2. ESPN: The Body Issue
Let’s face it, you don’t win gold medals and championships without pushing your body to extremes. To prove it, athletes have started taking off their clothes. Solo appeared in the 2011 edition of the ESPN magazine feature, expressing an opinion of measured maturity about body image you can’t help but applaud.

“Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn't feel very feminine, but as time went on, I learned to completely embrace my body.”

No. 1. 2012 London Olympics
Well, let’s end on another positive. The US outlasted a determined Canadian squad in the semifinal only to meet Japan again for gold, prevailing 2-1.

We’re going to ignore the Twitter feud with Brandi Chastain and the positive drug test warning, and just let Solo speak for herself.

“I have a lot of critics; we all know that,” Solo told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “And I do kind of want to say — you know, put my middle finger up to everybody and say, think what you want about me. I am who I am. But at the end of the day, I’m an athlete that wants to win.”