"Confidence comes from our preparation and because we know we're damn good," team USA's goalkeeper Hope Solo told reporters after her team beat France today and secured a spot in the World Cup Finals on Sunday. Spectators at the match played in Germany included young girls holding up signs of support for the keeper and at least one guy who proposed to Hope via his cardboard placard.
Sports site Bleacher Report is calling Hope one of the biggest sex symbols in sports, thanks to her confidence, good looks, and soccer skills that back it all up. And on her Facebook page, more men are proposing or declaring "I want to have your BABY!!" Hope may be a sex symbol, but she's not a girlie girl. In 2009 Hope reacted to the prospect of hot-pink jerseys, saying, "They go and make this padded goal-keeper jersey and it's hot pink — it just looks girly, it looks juvenile, it doesn't look professional. And so I said, 'There's no way in hell I'm wearing this.'"
Thanks in part to Hope's goalkeeping, the USA upset Brazil in penalty kicks 5 to 3 last weekend and beat France today to advance to the World Cup finals. See photos of Hope in action now.