Slideshow: Hope Solo's highs and lows
Hope Solo has won two Olympic gold medals and become one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. women's soccer history. She's also no stranger to controversy, whether for her postgame comments, Twitter rants or run-ins with the law. Monday, the former U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year pleaded not guilty after being arrested last weekend on suspicion of assaulting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo is due back in court in August. Until then, espnW.com takes a look back at Solo's most memorable moments.<br><br> <br/><a href="http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/11125688/hope-solo-enters-not-guilty-plea">Solo enters not guilty plea</a>
Hope Solo's highs and lows
Hope Solo has won two Olympic gold medals and become one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. women's soccer history. She's also no stranger to controversy, whether for her postgame comments, Twitter rants or run-ins with the law. Monday, the former U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year pleaded not guilty after being arrested last weekend on suspicion of assaulting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo is due back in court in August. Until then, espnW.com takes a look back at Solo's most memorable moments.
Solo enters not guilty plea
A quick rise in college
It's hard to believe Hope Solo didn't start playing goalkeeper full time until college. But once she found her way into the net, it didn't take long for her to become the most decorated keeper in University of Washington history. Solo played for the Huskies from 1999-2002 and was the Pac-10 player of the year as a sophomore. In her final season, Solo was the only goalkeeper nominated for the Hermann Trophy, given annually to the top male and female college soccer player (Mia Hamm, for example, won twice).
Breaking Into the national pool
Hope Solo made her debut with the U.S. women's national team in 2000, notching a shutout in her first appearance (versus Iceland on April 5, 2000). She became the squad's starting goalkeeper in 2005 (this image is from a 3-0 victory over Iceland in 2005). That year, she started seven of nine games, recording seven clean sheets.
After Hope Solo started the first four games of the 2007 Women's World Cup -- posting three shutouts -- coach Greg Ryan benched her prior to the semifinals in favor of Briana Scurry (the veteran had a history of exceptional performances against Brazil). The U.S. women lost 4-0, and Solo's postgame comments went viral. "It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that," she said. "There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves." Solo apologized in a statement the following day, insisting she was not criticizing Scurry's play. But Solo's teammates decided they did not want her on the bench for the third-place game. Solo skipped the team's post-World Cup tour, but was back with the team the following summer as it began preparations for the 2008 Olympics. Ryan's contract was not renewed in December 2007.
Nine months after the World Cup controversy, Hope Solo again was named starter for the U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics. She started every game and played every minute, making world-class saves along the way as the Americans won gold in Beijing. Solo, shown here celebrating with teammates Christie Rampone, left, and Heather Mitts, right, was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and was named the Algarve Cup MVP that same year.
Big Save on the biggest stage
Although the United States women ultimately lost to Japan in the 2011 Women's World Cup championship game, they wouldn't have advanced that far in Germany if not for Solo's heroics in the quarterfinals against Brazil. Minutes after Abby Wambach's memorable goal in the 122nd minute to force the game to penalty kicks, Solo -- who had battled back from major shoulder surgery in September 2010 -- saved Brazil's third attempt and the U.S. women scored all five of their penalties to notch the win.
Busy year beyond the pitch
Hope Solo moved from the field to the ballroom after the 2011 Women's World Cup, joining the Season 13 cast for "Dancing With the Stars." Matched with the always fiery Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Solo had her ups and downs, ultimately finishing in fourth place. After the show's season was over, however, Solo alleged that Chmerkovskiy slapped her during rehearsals. Later in 2011, Solo appeared nude on one of four covers of ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue."
Last one standing in London
Hope Solo won her second gold medal at the London Games, playing every minute of the U.S. women's six-game run through the Olympics. Solo posted three shutouts, and in what is said to be one of her best performances, had several big-time saves as the Americans beat Japan 2-1. But Solo made headlines again for Twitter comments she made during the Games criticizing former U.S. soccer star Brandi Chastain, who was covering the Olympics for NBC. Chastain had said American defender Rachel Buehler needed to improve on keeping possession. Solo tweeted: "Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago" and "Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain!"
On Nov. 12, 2012, former Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested for investigation of assault in an incident that left Hope Solo injured. No charges were filed and Stevens was released. The following day, Stevens and Solo -- reportedly together since mid-August 2012 -- got married.
Counting the caps
To date, Hope Solo has appeared in 152 games with the U.S. women's national team. She is second all-time in U.S. Soccer women's goalkeeping history in caps and wins. She is also the goalie for the NWSL's Seattle Reign FC, which leads the league this season with an 11-0-2 record. Solo has started 11 games.
One for the record books
As the U.S. women continue to rev up for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup, the squad faced France in a friendly in Tampa, Florida, on June 14. A 1-0 victory marked Solo's 71st clean sheet, moving her into a tie with Briana Scurry for career shutouts among U.S. women's soccer goalkeepers.