Women’s football | Hope Solo earns our truth-telling award

The Solo affair provides a case study of the so-called wisdom of the collective, in Aung San Suu Kyi‘s memorable phrase, masquerading as common sense—the story of the emperor’s new clothes in different guise. On Solo’s MySpace page, source unnamed, she offers the following aphorism: “If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need for blanket approval. If conforming to everyone else’s expectations is the number one goal, you have sacrificed your uniqueness and, therefor [sic] your excellence.”

Fortunately, looking to the year ahead, Pia Sundhage of Sweden is the new national coach, and Solo, 26, is still in goal. The United States plays Canada Jan 16 in the Four Nations Tournament in Foshan, China.

Update

  • Solo made a successful return to China on 16 Jan 08, starting in a 4–0 U.S. victory over Canada in the Four Nations Tournament. “I was scared. I was frightened. I didn’t know what it would be like with the team,” Solo said of a reconstituted side under new coach Sundhage. “But everyone has shown so much determination to move on.” The United States won the tournament for the third straight time with additional victories over Finland and China.

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