Hope Solo, recovering from shoulder surgery, says she has offers to play overseas

The 36-year-old former Washington Huskies and Seattle Reign goalkeeper says, “I have a completely metal arm now — I’m bionic.” She didn’t specify the teams making the offers.

AMSTERDAM – Goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to resume her soccer career and says she has had offers to play overseas.

Solo was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last year following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after she called Sweden’s players “cowards” for their defensive approach against the Americans.

Since the abrupt break in her career, the 36-year-old Solo — a former Washington Huskies standout who played for the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League — has focused on recovering from shoulder-replacement surgery.

“Let’s be clear, a goalkeeper peaks a little bit later in their career, so I feel like I have many years ahead of me if that opportunity arises,” Solo said in an interview Monday. “I’m very happy with my career should I walk away from the game today, but I’m not one to retire. I have not retired.”

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Even before her outburst at the Olympics, Solo was at odds with American soccer leadership as she lobbied for women’s players to earn equitable salaries to the male national-team players.

“My contract got terminated because of my fight for equal pay with the United States Soccer Federation,” Solo said.

“I’m not sure, until the lawsuit is over, that anything will change that. In the meantime, I’ve had great opportunities and great contract offers to go back overseas and play. Possibly you’ll see me overseas next year.”

Especially because Solo, who played in Sweden and France in 2004 and 2005, said her “shoulder is doing great.”

“I have a completely metal arm now — I’m bionic,” she said. “I’m better now than I have been in the last 10 years, so I’m pain free and I have more range of motion. I’m very happy with my health right now and I’m very happy with my fitness. I’m ready to get back.”

Solo, who was voted into the World XI team by fellow players in March, still hopes to be back on the United States team for the World Cup title defense in France.

“I’ve always wanted to play in the 2019 World Cup,” Solo said. “I’m in the best shape of my life in terms of my shoulder. I feel great.

“Should they (the United States) welcome me…

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