The game drew 80,000 spectators to Wembley Stadium and was watched by millions of viewers around the world. The afterglow continues as the team heads into the first of three post-Olympic matches in the US, beginning with a sold-out match Saturday (Sept. 1) against Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y.
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.)