Former Bomber Hope Solo watches Richland eliminate PascoPosted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash. - USA Soccer star Hope Solo declined to talk about her World Cup comments, but was all smiles as she mingled with soccer fans Tuesday night at Bomber Field. Solo, who graduated form Richland and lives in Seattle, was in town to see her family. She got to see the Bombers beat Pasco 2-0 in a state playoff game. Afterwards, Solo was swarmed by young fans, armed with sharpies and cell-phone cameras. She generously stayed half an hour and met with every fan who was waiting to say hello.
"It feels good to come back.," she said. "I still try to park in that spot over there. It good to see that. It brings back a lot of memories."
Many former coaches and fans were among those on hand.
"I got choked up to see some of the best people that helped my career grow. Home will always be home. Its long overdue that I made it back and reached out and gave back to the community. These people support me, and the least I can do is give back and sign autographs for half an hour."
When asked about how she was doing with the US Soccer Team, she said "I'm not going to talk about the World Cup, but it's good to be home."
After to the semifinal loss to Brazil, Solo's harsh comments towards her teammate and Coach Greg Ryan got her suspended form the team. She was later back with the U.S. Soccer team when they traveled with Mexico on an exhibition tour. Recently, Ryan was fired, and a new coach has yet to be named.