Hope Solo and Abby Wambach arrived back in the United States following their team's upset loss to Japan in the Women's World Cup final deflated, disappointed but imminently more marketable.
The breakout stars of a team that captured the broader American public's attention with a scintillating run to the final, Solo, the stalwart goaltender, and Wambach, the clutch forward, not only heightened their stance as icons within the soccer community but piqued the interest of corporations in search of the next persuasive endorser.
Both have reaped rewards in the three months following their return from Germany, but the paths they have taken in the lucrative but arduous business of profiting from their athletic toil are markedly different.
Solo, 30, has leveraged her instant fame from multitudes of television appearances and magazine covers to sign deals worth millions of dollars in the months following the World Cup. She also is a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" and posed recently in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.
On Monday, Solo and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will perform some Broadway numbers as only one of seven remaining contestants in Season 13 of "DWTS".