Happy Birthday, Hope Solo

The greatest goalkeeper in the women’s game, and one of the heroes of the 2015 World Cup quest, turns 34 today (July 30).

Hope Solo, as all fans of the U.S. team know, has created more than her share of turmoil. But the signs are that she’s trying to change all of that. And I, for one, wish her the very best.

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Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Hope Solo vs. Germany, June 30, 2015. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images North America)

Hope Solo vs. Germany, June 30, 2015. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images North America)

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Hope Solo shot at her home in Seattle, April 30, 2015. (Joe Pugliese/ESPN The Magazine)

Hope Solo shot at her home in Seattle, April 30, 2015. (Joe Pugliese/ESPN The Magazine)

Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Julie Johnston celebrate after defeating Australia, 3-1, June 8, 2015. ( Michael Chow/Usa Today Sports)

Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Julie Johnston celebrate after defeating Australia, 3-1, June 8, 2015. ( Michael Chow/Usa Today Sports)

Hope Solo making one of her five saves against Australia in Team USA's opening game of World Cup, June 8, 2015. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hope Solo making one of her five saves against Australia in Team USA’s opening game of World Cup, June 8, 2015. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hope Solo vs. Australia, June 8, 2015. (Football Federation Australia)

Hope Solo vs. Australia, June 8, 2015. (Football Federation Australia)

 

Hope Solo, training session, Frankfurt, Germany, July 16, 2011. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Hope Solo, training session, Frankfurt, Germany, July 16, 2011. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Rick Bowmer/AP

Rick Bowmer/AP

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Getty Images

Hope Solo in her birthday suit.

Hope Solo in her birthday suit.

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