MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Hope Solo appears ready to return to the starting lineup for the United States women’s soccer team.
While Tom Sermanni isn’t ready to say whether Solo will start Thursday against South Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the U.S. coach said Tuesday that just having his goalkeeper — less than four months after having wrist surgery — back on the field is a plus for his team.
It showed last weekend, when Solo, the former Washington Husky, played for the first time since appearing in a game against Scotland in February.
Taking over in the second half of a 4-1 win over South Korea in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday night, the 31-year-old and two-time Olympic gold medalist returned in style. With the U.S. leading 2-1, Solo dived to her right and pushed away a shot by Ji Soyun.
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“It’s just her presence,” Sermanni said of Solo. “She was barely on the field for a minute the other night and came up with a fantastic save.”
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The Associated Press and other sources contributed to this report.