The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Master-Post of the Hope Solo Saga

Seattle Times - Solo arrested for investigation of domestic violence - June 21

Facebook - Hope Solo apology letter - June 26

espnW - Hope Solo’s out of chances - July 7

Washington Post - Hope Solo and the domestic violence case no one is talking about - Sept 19

New York Times - In Hope Solo Case, Soccer Turns Blind Eye Toward Domestic Violence - Sept 19

espnW - Why Hope Solo Should Be Suspended from Team USA — Immediately - Sept 19

The Soccer Desk - The Complexities of Hope Solo’s Case And Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence - Sept 19

The Sport Spectacle - Sexism, Hope Solo and “the domestic violence case no one is talking about” - Sept 21

Sports Myriad - Wrong time to suspend Hope Solo - Sept 21

espnW - Why I Feel Bad About My Last Hope Solo Column - Sept 22

Slate - No, Women’s Soccer Does Not Have a Domestic Violence Problem - Sept 22

Washington Post - How Hope Solo went from soccer star to center of an assault controversy - Sept 23

HappyGoSnarky - The Spectacular Piling-On and Humiliating Character Assassination of Hope Solo - Sept 23

The Equalizer - Solo’s Ability to Play Despite Charges Under Scrutiny - Sept 23

The Atlantic - No, Hope Solo Is not “like” Ray Rice - Sept 23

USA Today - USOC chief calls charges involving Hope Solo “disturbing” - Sept 23

Sports Myriad - Hope Solo: The backlash against the bandwagon - Sept 23

Did I miss any?

"Initially I took a very defensive stance, but then after seeing the quotes and thinking about it, I think that she’s entitled to be able to say those sort of things. I think we became friends when we were in Portland, and I think there is maybe a mental block that the Germans have against us, because they have not beaten us in many years.
So maybe that is her way of trying to help out her teammates and ease them into the next game against us. I’m not sure, but I think it was more of a media move than what she really feels. I felt like we got along really well in Portland, so I obviously respect her very much, and I’m looking forward to playing them just to see how much that mental block has gone away."

— Alex Morgan on Angerer’s comments (x)

The most thoughtful and well-researched article I have seen on the topic thus far. 

This should make for an interesting 2015 season for the Thorns…

This should make for an interesting 2015 season for the Thorns…

Rafaelle Souza will be going to FC Kansas City, Danesha Adams to the Thorns, and Joanna Lohman and Lydia Williams to Washington via the NWSL Waiver draft.

Rafaelle Souza will be going to FC Kansas City, Danesha Adams to the Thorns, and Joanna Lohman and Lydia Williams to Washington via the NWSL Waiver draft.

soccer-is-life-harris24:

Waiver list. A bit shocked with some of them.

soccer-is-life-harris24:

Waiver list. A bit shocked with some of them.

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Chances are, if you’re a woman and you’ve had much contact with the leadership of FIFA, you have a story to tell about sexism and soccer’s world governing body.

U.S. forward Abby Wambach tells one from the time she and her now-wife, Sarah Huffman, were backstage in a VIP room in January 2013 before the World Player of the Year awards gala in Zurich, Switzerland. “[FIFA president] Sepp Blatter came into our little area, and he walked straight up to Sarah and thought she was [Brazilian star] Marta,” says Wambach.

“Marta!” Blatter said, hugging a bewildered Huffman, who doesn’t look much like Marta. “You are the best! The very best!”

“He had no idea who Marta was, and she’s won the award five times,” says Wambach. “For me, that’s just a slap in the face because it shows he doesn’t really care about the women’s game.”

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Former U.S. World Cup winner Julie Foudy tells a story about the time she was part of the globally televised draw for the men’s 1998 World Cup in Marseille, France. Blatter said something about her onstage in French. “I don’t speak French,” says Foudy, “but when I got off the stage two women who worked for FIFA were kind of angry.”

“Why are you angry?” Foudy asked them.

“We don’t like what he just said about you,” said one.

“What did he say?”

“That they brought you here because you looked good—and nothing about your football.”

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With Women’s World Cup on horizon, sexism remains part of FIFA culture (via thrace-)

trademyticswwc2015:

As pointed out by TheSoccerDesk.com Sarah Gehrke, this is pretty much the bible for ticket purchasing. It doesn’t answer all your questions, but it gives you a pretty good start. Any other questions, feel free to ask!


U.S. Women’s National Team photographed by Annie Leibovitz, 1996

NWSL ± W-League

epitomeofloyalty:

CRS
Samantha Johnson (Sydney FC)
Emily Van Egmond (Newcastle Jets)

Dash
Stephanie Ochs (Canberra United)
Michelle Heyman (Canberra United)

FCKC
Katrina Gorry
(Brisbane Roar)

PTFC
Steph Catley (Melbourne Victory)
Nadine Angerer (Brisbane Roar)

SRFC
Lauren Barnes
 (Melbourne Victory)
Elli Reed (Melbourne Victory)
Keelin Winters (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Kendall Fletcher* (Canberra United)

SBFC
Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory)

Spirit
Tori Huster (Newcastle Jets)
Lori Lindsey (Canberra United)
Christine Nairn Melbourne Victory
Lisa DeVanna (Melbourne Victory)
Chantel Jones (Perth Glory)

Flash 
Jasmyne Spencer (Canberra United)
Angela Salem (Newcastle Jets
Katherine Reynolds (Newcastle Jets)
Sam Kerr (Perth Glory)
Teigan Allen (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Lydia Williams (Canberra United)

*Guest Player