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Harvey concedes Manchester City’s interest in Hope Solo, but expects goalkeeper back in Seattle

Oct 2, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

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Manchester City Ladies FC appear to be taking after their men’s side in willing to spend big.

Sources reveal that Manchester City Ladies FC have interest in United States No. 1 and Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo. Reign FC coach Laura Harvey is aware of potential interest in Solo from Manchester City, but she doesn’t expect Solo to leave Seattle.

“I don’t doubt for one minute that there has been interest, but I’m very confident that she’ll be back and have been told by Hope myself that she will be back,” Harvey said Wednesday from England. Harvey said she recently spoke with Solo and received assurances that Solo would return Seattle next season.

Sources say City offered a six-figure contract to Solo. City will join England’s top flight, the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), in 2014. Liverpool just claimed their first title on Saturday.

When contacted recently via email, Solo’s agent, Richard Motzkin, said “Hope is contracted with the Seattle Reign for next season.”

Solo played in 14 games for Seattle in 2013 after returning from wrist surgery in late May, and Harvey expects Solo back for a full season next year.

“I would have been shocked if she did go – not anything to do with Man City, just that for her and her career, the States is where she needs to be at the minute to make that extra push for 2015 and 2016,” Harvey said. “I think she was relatively happy towards the back end of last season, in terms of she could see where we were trying to get to.”

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Reign FC owner Bill Predmore said recently that the club is not in any talks with Manchester City and he is “not aware of any discussions with the league.” The National Women’s Soccer League, run by U.S. Soccer, handles the contracts of all national team players, including Solo. A U.S. Soccer spokesperson said there was an August 31 deadline for national team players to declare their intent to play abroad.

Predmore did acknowledge that if Solo were to choose to play for a club outside the NWSL, she would have the opportunity to do that, much like Megan Rapinoe playing with Lyon in France until June, then joining Seattle mid-season.

The FAWSL season, however, nearly directly mirrors the NWSL season, beginning in April and ending in late September.

Harvey, who coached Arsenal Ladies from 2008-12, said she expects Manchester City Ladies to sign a big name as 2014 rolls around, but is “pretty confident” that Solo will not be that player.

“I think there is a relationship with Hope and Man City, but I don’t think it’s a playing one.”

Reached Tuesday, Manchester City said they won’t be conducting media interviews until the new year, when team operations are more in place.

  1. hildezero - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    There’s no way she goes over there.

  2. kernelthai - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    There is no way this league succeeds if owners arent willing and able to defend their star players. Im dumbfounded.

  3. mforgione - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I don’t understand. Laura Harvey didn’t “concede” or “confirm” anything, as this article says. Her quote was her essentially saying she wouldn’t be surprised if it’s true after being told about the rumors. That’s pretty dishonest. Interestingly, the Reign owner hadn’t heard anything about it either.

    This is based on anonymous sources -why are they anonymous? Even if it is true, she’s already committed to Seattle next year and she has never shown interest in playing overseas.

    • mforgione - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Well, I see the word “confirms” was changed to “is aware of potential interest” now.

  4. mightymouse316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    She got married to some ghetto thug that beats her. Of course she will stay here with him.

    • korules - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Yeah, sure, she’d stay with a guy who would hurt her, that’s ‘so Solo’.

      The reasons she’s not going are
      1) Kassouf didn’t bother to check the “6 figure” crap…but there’s a cap in the FAWSL and only 4 players are allowed to make 20k.
      2) The FAWSL (and this our Jeffrey did look into), unlike most European leagues, mirrors the NWSL.

      If all you have to add is ridiculous statements about player’s private life, just get out.

      • randomhookup - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Well, there isn’t a real salary cap in the FA WSL, but here’s how it works:

        Are there salary caps / minimum wage requirements at each club?

        In summary, a club can pay no more than four players an annual salary of more than £20k. Other than that, each club has the choice as to how to remunerate its players: the rationale being that if we have eight clubs, and each has a maximum of four players on a wage band of £20k or more, this will help spread the talent pool and also ensure there is a core group of players at each club in the tier below that will still be able to earn a wage playing and working for that club.

        £20k is about $32k and there is no official limit on the top end. So, theoretically, a team could pay Hope $100k. One factor that always confuses — US contracts are stated in total terms, so a six figure contract could be $65k for 2 years.

  5. seanb20124 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    She has to go if reports are true , players only have a couple of years to make any money before their skills diminish.

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