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I learned how to read my opponents' runs toward goal, how to position my defenders, how to see the angles...
The intellectual side also made goalkeeping so much more interesting.
It was a huge mental adjustment to learn that my job was to save games. Before, I would stand in goal, the ball would come toward me, and I'd use my athletic ability to make the save.
She most recently played for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. She was the starting goalkeeper for the majority of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and helped lead the U. national team to the semifinals having given up only two goals in four games, including three consecutive shutouts.
Solo is regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world and currently holds the U. After a controversial move made by head coach Greg Ryan to bench Solo in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry for the semifinal, in which the United States was defeated 4–0 by Brazil, Solo made headlines with post-game remarks that resulted in many teammates shunning her.
After playing at the collegiate level for the University of Washington, she played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).
When the WUSA folded after her first season, she traveled to Europe to play for the top division leagues in Sweden and France.
The two-time WPS All-Star also ranked among the top three in shutouts (6), wins (6), and goals against average (1.64).
After the end of the 2010 season, Solo underwent surgery on her right shoulder on September 22.
She also became the first goalkeeper to be named U. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, the highest honor awarded to a soccer player in the United States.
As her previous jersey number was taken (1), she wore 78 for the Beat.
He continued to be a major influence in her life until his death of a heart attack in June 2007.