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Hope Solo First Goalkeeper to Win U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year 15

Posted on December 21, 2009 by Kat Galsim
Hope Solo

Hope Solo is the first goalkeeper to be named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

U.S. Soccer has announced its four Athletes of the Year for 2009, with one of them being Saint Louis Athletica’s No. 1 goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Solo is the first goalkeeper to be named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor granted to a soccer player in the United States. The voting consisted of ballots from the media, fans, U.S. Soccer representatives and Board of Directors.

Solo kicked off the year by winning MVP honors at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. After a rocky start in the inaugural season of the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS), she proved to not only be a top-notch goalkeeper, but a commanding defensive leader as she helped lead Athletica from the bottom of the standings to finish second place and secure a playoff spot. Read the rest of this entry →

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