Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/20/14
It may sound like a peculiar statement from the best goalkeeper in the world, but Hope Solo never wanted to play the position that led her to stardom. She featured primarily as a forward during a glittering high school career. She preferred the physical demands required from field players and wanted to stay as mobile as possible. External circumstances forced her into a fateful choice as she prepared for college. She grappled with a trio of enticing options - accept a basketball scholarship, continue her career as a field player or switch her focus to goalkeeping - and ultimately settled on a career between the sticks at the University of Washington. It proved a difficult transition for her at first. "My first love was soccer, but my first love was not being a goalkeeper," Solo said after addressing campers at her alma mater on behalf of Gatorade's Beat the Heat program on Wednesday. "I even had shame in raising my hand when someone said, who is the goalkeeper on your team? It cam...
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