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Ahead of her new autobiography, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo shares her thoughts

Canada v Unted States

SANDY, UT - JUNE 30: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the USA takes a drink during a game against Canada during the second half of the women’s Olympic send-off soccer match June 30, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The USA beat Canada 2-1. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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We know some of the details of Hope Solo’s deeply layered backstory – but we have never covered the ground extensively on the sensational U.S. women’s goalkeeper.

The details have slipped out in drips, in feature articles across the United States. But Solo has kept some for herself – until now, she says.

Her upcoming autobiography, “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” will be available in bookstores on Aug. 14.

A series of excerpts are now available on

So, why now? Why share all this at all. Here’s what Solo says in the first of a series of linked exceprts.

I am a really private person in terms of my social life away from the game, my romantic life, all of that I keep very under the wraps. But at the same time, people write stories about my life, people know about my homeless father, people know that my mother used to be an alcoholic. But they don’t know the real story. They say it in their way. There’s been articles in the LA Times, USA Today, all over the place about my homeless father. But nobody really knows the entire story. So that is something I’m not ashamed about. But, I will continue to be private in my interests outside of soccer.