This story from The Tri-City Herald makes Hope Solo seem like a churlish diva because she’s ignoring inquiries from her hometown, Richland, Wash., about honoring her with a Hope Solo Day.
“We have not been very successful in getting a response back,” says City Manager Cindy Reents.
What the city manager neglects to mention, however, is that back in July, right after the U.S. women’s team won the World Cup, the mayor of Richland, David Rose, threw cold water on the idea of a town celebration.
The mayor had reservations, he said, because of her previous off-the-field transgressions.
At this summer’s World Cup in Canada, Solo and the rest of the U.S. defense had a performance for the ages.
Solo, who turned 34 shortly after the World Cup ended, won her second consecutive Golden Glove Award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
She played every minute of all seven U.S. games, and gave up just three goals in all.
The U.S. defense — for the most part, Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, and Ali Krieger — went 540 minutes, starting in the opening match against Australia and ending in the final rout of Japan, without allowing an opponent to score.
And through it all, Solo was a model teammate and a proud representative of her country. There were no off-the-field theatrics or antics. No sarcastic tweets. No trashing coaches or teammates to the press, No commentaries about the TV commentators. She came to work every day and did her job. And she did it damned well.
Personally, I hope Solo does respond to the town officials in Richland — in particular, to the mayor who gave her the cold shoulder upon her triumphant return to the United States.
I hope her response is, “Bite me.”