Hope Solo

Do you care that Hope Solo’s husband’s been arrested again?


Do you know how many times Amy Rodriguez’s husband’s been arrested? Or Shannon Boxx’s? Or Heather O’Reilly’s or Christie Rampone’s?

Neither do I.

If you did have access to this information, would you care?

Again, neither would I.

As unfair as those questions are to the husbands of Rodriguez, Boxx, O’Reilly and Rampone, it serves a point. People care about Hope Solo’s personal life. A lot. It’s an artifact of the same trans-sport celebrity that’s allowed her to appear on Dancing with the Stars, adorn the cover of Shape magazine, and cash in with an autobiography.

It’s part of the game she’s electing to play, one which she seems to acknowledge (if anything can be discerned by her attitude toward the media), even if she wishes people found better uses for their time.

That Solo’s new husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, also has a degree of celebrity makes stories like today’s arrest in Florida automatic blog fodder. ProFootballTalk has the news. Yes, Solo’s bad boy boyfriend’s back in handcuffs. Yes, this adds to the narrative of a rebellious Solo thumbing her nose at the world (to use the nicer of two hand gesture idioms). But isn’t that narrative firmly established?

There’s an undercurrent of misplaced protection in the current dialog about Solo, somebody who has firmly established she can take care of herself. Is Solo too good for him, people have asked? It’s a ridiculously judgmental question. Does Hope know what she’s doing? I don’t know. We didn’t ask these questions about the recently married Rodríguez or O’Reilly. Was Hope the victim of domestic violence? Any assumption to that end is reckless (particularly considering her denial she was assaulted).

At some point, everybody needs to acknowledge that they know almost nothing about Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo, as a couple. If Stevens is arrested, it’s news, but it’s not a warning sign for Solo, nor is it a reflection on her character, state of mind, or even her celebrity. It would be naive to assume Solo’s unaware of Stevens’ past, just as it’s naive to assume anybody knows more about what’s best for Solo than Mrs. Jerramy Stevens herself.

Jerramy Stevens was arrested on a probation violation today. He’s an ex-NFL player, and he’s married to Hope Solo. That’s about it.

The question I put to you, PST’ers, is whether you care, on what level, and why? Because it seems (at least within the soccer community) that there’s some major Hope Solo fatigue going on, a lot of which has to do with events beyond her control.

College Soccer Update: Stingy Kentucky picking up speed; Cal Poly’s overhead wonder (video)

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Three-hundred thirty-two minutes and 26 seconds. That’s how long it’s been since an opponent has managed to put a ball into the goal behind the University of Kentucky men’s team.

It’s a statistic which not only makes an impression, but carries hope; Hope that the Wildcats will improve upon last season’s tournament work that saw them exit their conference tourney and the NCAA tournament early.

“If you go back to last year we had a really good run, but got knocked out in our conference tournament and then in the first round of the NCAA Tournament,” said fourth-year head coach Johan Cedergren. “Peaked too early and got a little overconfident.”

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The Wildcats are atop Conference USA with a 3-0 record in league play, having knocked off a strong New Mexico side this weekend. They’ll face Evansville and Ohio State the following two Wednesdays before meeting fellow CUSA 3-0 squad South Carolina.

It’s all according to plan for Cedergren, who is experiencing the senior years of his first recruiting class. One of those is goalkeeper Callum Irving, who is one clean sheet away from making program history for the most blankings as a Wildcat.

It’s helped having a versatile team to help out. Despite injuries to a pair of key backs, junior center back Jordan Wilson and senior holding mid Kristoffeer Tollefsen have combined with Irving to keep the side well-organized.

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“Over here you are very stat focused and Callum wouldn’t have these numbers without (Wilson),” Cedergren said. “And Tollefsen plays that holding mid role that is very hard to quantify. He made third team all conference last year, but he’s one of the best players and he’s playing at 75% percent.”

Cedegren also credits Hermann Award watch lister Napo Matsoso, who leads the team in shots, with keeping teams off-balance. And between Irving and the attack, the coach hopes that this season is the year the Wildcats will peak at the right time.

Three stars

  1. Oregon State — The Beavers opened PAC-12 play with a pair of 1-0 wins, knocking off UCLA with a Timmy Mueller (remember the name goal) before knocking off San Diego State by the same score. Next weekend? Cal and Stanford, both on the road.
  2. Nick DePuy, UCSB —  The 6-foot-4 junior forward has only been held off the score sheet thrice this season, and fired off 10 shots including three goals this weekend. Two were road game-winners at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge.
  3. Chase Minter, Cal Poly — All three stars stay on the West Coast, thanks to Minter’s work setting himself up for this bicycle kick goal.

Other notes

— Creighton is back as the unrivaled No. 1 in the country amongst men’s Division I sides, claiming all 24 votes.
— Only one change in the Top 10, as Virginia moves up a spot to No. 10 and Elon falls three spots to No. 13. Leaping into the Top 25 after not receiving any votes last week is Oregon State. Kentucky, Butler and Syracuse move from receiving votes to Top 25.
— There s a single player who is in both the D-1 Top Ten in goals and assists, and his name will be familiar to those who read this space: Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone has eight goals and six assists after a 2+3 performance at St. Bonaventure on Saturday night.
— Also No. 1: Midwestern State (Men’s D2), Franklin & Marshall (Men’s D3), North Carolina (Women’s D1), Gannon (Women’s D2), Messiah (Women’s D3)

Samir Nasri rules out return to France squad; Likes MLS over Ligue 1

Manchester City's Samir Nasri celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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When Samir Nasri is done with his time at Manchester City, he doesn’t want a return to Ligue 1. We knew that. He’s said it in March, and again over the summer.

But his willingness to stay away from home goes for club and country, as he’s not interested in a return to the national team fold. Heck, they could hire his family and he’s scoff at the idea.

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Nasri played in Marseille from his age 10 year through 2004, when he headed to Arsenal. He also scored five goals in 41 caps before being removed from the French fold by Didier Deschamps.

That hurt.

From Sky Sports:

“Even if my dad is coach, I will not return,” he said on French television. “I’ve suffered with the selections… missing a World Cup destroys you a bit. After 2012 I wanted to stop but my father told me I had to play the World Cup. I tried to be good.

“I do not see myself returning to Ligue 1. I love the Premier League. I like my life in England,” said Nasri. “I see myself going to play in the MLS, to discover something other than France.”

That makes at least three times Nasri has proffered a “come get me… eventually” plea to American powers-that-be.

Nasri is a bit of a loose cannon, but he’s also the sort of player who could punish defenses in MLS if given the chance to operate as the focal point of an attack. Perhaps with Didier Drogba in Montreal?

No, his time at the Etihad Stadium isn’t nearing an end just yet but… Yes, please. Maybe Nasri is one of those “In the league but not at the risk of my favorite team” players, but yes, please.