12. July 2011
The United States Women's soccer team lead by dependable goalkeeper Hope Solo is doing great in the ongoing Women's World Cup in Germany. (Photo blog.timesunion.com)
Big-named stars in the United States have issued separate statements honoring the historic and remarkable win of the US Women’s soccer team against the heavily favored and powerhouse Brazil Women’s football team.
The US Women’s soccer team earlier beat Brazil in the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Germany to reach the semifinals and keep their hopes for the championship crown alive. Hollywood multi-awarded actor Tom Hanks said what the US Women’s soccer team did is simply remarkable and deserved all the praises they could get.
“I love these women,” Hanks tweeted while posting a link to a photograph of the team celebrating on the Rudolf Harbig Stadium field. Miami Heat superstar forward Lebron “King” James also praised the US Women soccer team for showing huge talent determination to prevail against Brazil. Oklahoma City Thunder silky smooth forward Kevin Durant for his part said he will name his future daughter Hope Solo Durant in recognition of the magnificent play of US goalkeeper Hope Solo in the victory of her team against Brazil.
Solo for her part expressed joy over the strong support of the American people on their team and she promised that they would play even harder in the semifinals and will do their best to bring home the championship bacon this year. “Thank you for standing behind us. Never has a team come back to win from a man down, a goal down and in such dramatic fashion,” Solo said.
The United States women’s national soccer team represents the United States in international soccer competition and is controlled by U.S. Soccer. The U.S. has long been a superpower in women’s soccer, and is currently ranked first in the world by the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
The team has won two Women’s World Cups (1991 and 1999); three Olympic Women’s Gold Medals (1996, 2004 and 2008) and seven Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010). The team played its first match on August 18, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan (not related to 2005–2007 coach Greg Ryan).
In March 2004, two of its stars, Mia Hamm (who retired later that year after a post-Olympic team tour of the USA) and Michelle Akers (who had already retired), were the only two women and the only two Americans named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA’s centenary observances. Among its many other honors, the team was selected the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999. Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as its 1999 Sportspeople of the Year.