U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo was in Trinidad & Tobago last weekend. No, not for a vacation, although the St. Louis Athletica netminder and WPS Goalkeeper of the Year certainly earned one with her Herculean efforts in the nets for her club this year. Solo was on the two-island nation to celebrate the unveiling of official emblem for the 2010 U-17 Women's World Cup that will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from Sept. 5-25, 2010. U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi is currently preparing his squad for qualifying that will be held in March of next year in Costa Rica.
Solo was joined by Canadian star Christine Sinclair and Brazilian captain Aline to promote the event and the second-ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The first was held in New Zealand in 2008 where the USA fell in overtime in the championship game by a 2-1 score. The staging of World Cups for youth women is relatively new for FIFA. Solo, who has started in goal for the USA at almost every age level of our youth national teams, never played in a youth World Cup. The first was held in 2002 for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1983. Solo was born in 1981.