As the U.S. Women’s National Team heads into its first fall friendly, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo is on the verge of breaking a long-standing U.S. Soccer record. Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 152 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008.
Solo has averaged just over five shutouts a year during her 14-year international career and her high came during the Olympic gold-medal winning year of 2008 when she notched 13 clean sheets.
Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play, five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. In fact, as a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.
Scurry’s last shutout came in June of 2007, so the record has stood for more than seven years. When the record does come, fans can help honor the achievement with the hashtag #Solo72 on Twitter.
- Hope Solo’s 71 shutouts have come against 16 different countries.
- Five of Solo’s shutouts have been 0-0 affairs, but she has been in the nets for an amazing 19 matches that ended 1-0 for the USA.
- She has the most shutouts against Canada (9) and China PR (8), which are two of the USA’s most frequent opponents.
- Solo has earned shutouts under five different U.S. WNT head coaches including the most (37) for Pia Sundhage.
- Solo is also closing in on Scurry’s record of 133 career wins for the U.S. WNT. Solo is at 117 wins and counting.
- Solo, who made her debut on Aug. 5, 2000, in an 8-0 victory against Iceland, is part of a six-goalkeeper club that earned a shutout in their first senior team cap for the United States. She would not earn another until 2002 and her third until 2005, when she became the starter and began racking up the clean sheets.
- Thirty of her 71 shutouts have come outside the USA in South Korea, China, Mexico, Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan and England.
- Solo started for the USA’s youth national teams at every age level before making her senior team debut.
- She won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and also won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament.