A native of Richland, Wash., Hope Solo has scaled the heights of women’s soccer in the United States and is currently preparing for the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

She played collegiately at the University of Washington and was a three-time NSCAA All-American. She left UW as the school’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and goals-against average (1.02).

Solo was drafted by the now-defunct Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA in 2003 and has played six seasons of pro soccer in the U.S., Sweden and France.

In 2000, she made her U.S. national team debut and has made 92 appearances. She started four matches at the 2007 WWC and the following year helped the Americans capture the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a 1-0, extra-time victory over Brazil.

Solo will be available to talk about her goalkeeping career, the upcoming 2011 Women’s World Cup and more in a live chat on June 1.