WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - JULY 06: Hope Solo, goalkeeper of USA reacts during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group C match between Sweden and USA at Wolfsburg Arena on July 6, 2011 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Hope Solo could potentially miss tomorrow nights all important semifinal match against Costa Rica with a lingering quad injury. The timing could not be any worse as whoever loses the match tomorrow will not qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Solo was seen clutching her right knee during the game against Mexico this past Tuesday night. Despite whatever pain she may have been feeling, the star keeper for the USWNT completed the game saying afterwards that it was, "a little quad pull."
This past Fall, Solo took time off from soccer to appear on the hit ABC series, Dancing with the Stars, which she says may have resulted in some loss of muscle. Since being back, Solo has been doubling her workouts and pre-game warmups, but it appears all her hard work may have backfired. While she is not 100% ruled out for tomorrow nights game, head coach Pia Sundhage is confident in her team even if Solo ends up sitting. "We have to make a decision whether she is 100% to go or not," Sundhage told ESPN, "And if she isn't, we have a tremendous backup goalkeeper (Nicole Barnhart)."
Kickoff for tomorrow nights Olympic qualifying semifinal is set for 8:00 p.m. Obviously if Solo is not able to play in the match, Nicole Barnhart will start in net. Even without Solo, the USWNT should not run into any trouble against Costa Rica. Stay tuned to Brotherly Game tomorrow as more information on Solo's status becomes available.