As anticipated, however, the “Memoir of Hope” has rocked some boats, including that of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” on which Solo appeared as a partner with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2011. In writing of her experiences on the show, she claims Chemerkovskiy handled her roughly and even slapped her once during a heated rehearsal. A possible lawsuit has been rumored, but Solo says she stands by her story, as she does by another episode related in the book about a confrontation that occurred with former national team coach Greg Ryan. The events surrounding the latter episode are some of the most emotionally charged in a book not lacking in this department. (It should perhaps be noted here that this is not an autobiography for the young and impressionable, especially given the liberal use of the “f” word.)
Solo and Ryan did not enjoy good relations in 2007, when Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the US World Cup team, but the relationship really deteriorated before a semifinal game against Brazil when Ryan told Solo he’d decided to replace her in goal with Briana Scurry. Solo did not take the news well. She objected to starting Scurry, who, though a veteran star of previous World Cup and Olympic teams, had seen little action playing behind Solo, who felt she was playing the best she’d ever played. When she stood up to leave, Ryan shoved her back down on the couch, or so she says. Ryan denies the accusation.