Solo’s club coach weighed in on the significance of the feat, the challenge of maintaining excellence and where the Richland native can possibly go from here.
Seattle Reign and U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo pitched her 100th-career international shutout in Saturday’s 1-0 friendly victory over South Africa in Chicago, making her the first player to reach the milestone.
And on Monday following practice at Memorial Stadium, her club coach weighed in on the significance of the feat, the challenge of maintaining excellence and where Solo can possibly go from here.
“(It) just confirms what everyone who knows the game and has been in the game has known for a long time: She’s the best. There’s no question, and she’s been the best for a long time,” Reign coach Laura Harvey said. “You saw at the weekend what it means to her to get that recognition. I don’t think Hope is a big one for the plaudits all the time. I think she just wants to go out and do her job. But she fully deserves it. As a club and as a team, we’re really happy for her.
“There’s been no doubt that, over four years, she’s been an unsung hero for us. She’s put her body on the line. Whenever she’s available to play, she’s turned up and given us absolutely everything. I can’t ask anything more from her than that.
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