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Hope Solo will not be winning the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year

Oct 25, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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Hope Solo is — by far — the best goalkeeper in the world. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to think that way.

The United States netminder did not make FIFA’s shortlist for Women’s World Player of the Year.

The 10-women list is filled with deserving names including four Americans: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe. One of the quartet will look to take home the trophy for the first time since Mia Hamm in 2002. That’s astonishing.

Marta, Canada’s Christine Sinclair, and Homare Sawa are three of the other big names to make the final cut.

Camille Abily from France and Japan’s Aya Miyama round out the group.

Solo was probably the biggest slight, especially considering Japan’s goalie Miho Fukumoto received a nod. Perhaps the American’s prickly personality and outspoken nature cost her with the voters. At least she got that cool shoe shown above.

The shortlist will be cut to three at an announcement in São Paulo on November 29, with the winners revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala on January 7.

  1. Hil - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I doubt it had anything to do with Solo who would be a long shot to win anyway since goalkeepers don’t win awards like this. If FIFA committee members from Egypt etc are worried about which NBC commentators Solo does and doesn’t like then they need to reevaluate their priorities. This is FIFA though so any absurdity is possible I guess.

    Sinclair was far more outspoken. She got suspended four games due to her post game meltdown and she is still on the list. Her coach also was outspoken and he’s on the list. Marta and Sawa both had down years and are on the list due to reputation more than accomplishment this year. Marta had the worst year of her career so far. Sawa stepped down as captain this year and didn’t even score in the Olympics and was out part of her NT and club year due to vertigo. Japan’s coach admitted throwing a game in the Olympics and they nominated him. They don’t care about legitimate concerns, I hope they wouldn’t factor in someone’s tweets on a trivial matter.

    There are no defenders included which indicates how superficial the committee who selected the top ten are. The US already had four nominations. They gave the next highest to Japan and then filled out with “big name” players regardless of accomplishments this year.

    What I see here though is that even with four US players nominated NBC still knows what story will get the most attention. Hope Solo. She doesn’t have to do anything at all to get in the headlines. Maybe you should have ignored this non-issue and reported on Carli or Rapinoe who are getting their first big recognition at the international level.

  2. bloodydamnsox - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Solo is not on the list because there are other players more deserving right now. The bigger question is how does Lloyd make the list? A couple big goals shouldn’t put you with the best in the world. Anyway good US showing & rooting for Wambach.

  3. digbysellers - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    First sentence is kinda bush league. She’s not the best goalkeeper in the world. She’s the best “womens” goalkeeper in the world. If you’d rather have her over Casillas, Neuer, or heck even Howard I’d say you’re pretty nutzo.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      uhm no that comment is bush league though. If anyone is actually making that assumption then they are idiots. You’re really nitpicking here for something to complain about.

  4. bishopofblunder - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    With the monster year Alex Morgan has had, this should be no contest. As for Solo, well, the goal-scorers always get the chicks..er..awards.

  5. footballer4ever - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Hope Solo has been a disgrace as “role model” athlete. As goalkeeper, maybe she gets too much credit than what she actually deserves. Having said that, Solo ain’t worth to be talked about, so please, don’t bring her into a topic as a bait tactic.

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