The event was another of the USWNT-as-ambassadors-for-sport series that dates to the 1999 World Cup triumph.

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The strawberry blonde in the patriotic-Popsicle-striped USA jersey finally addressed the elephant in the Space Needle.

“Outside the field,” she asked, innocently, “what are the biggest setbacks you’ve had?”

Hope Solo laughed a knowing laugh.

“You guys ask good questions,” she said.

Megan Rapinoe, as a good soccer teammate, stepped in first. Spending so much time on the road away from home can be hard, she said.

Seattle Reign and U.S. women’s national-team stars Rapinoe and Solo were at the Needle hosting a joint “#SheBelieves” event. The player-driven campaign, which leads up to next month’s Women’s World Cup in Canada, is a “message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams,” according to its tagline. Rapinoe and Solo took a series of questions from local youth players — most of which stayed within the lines of the soccer field.

The event was another of the USWNT-as-ambassadors-for-sport series that dates to the 1999 World Cup triumph.

And it was an unlikely fit given Solo’s year, when she had domestic-assault charges dismissed but was suspended from the national team after husband Jerramy Stevens was arrested for DUI while driving a USWNT van.

You may have made a big mistake and you may have made a bad decision, and you pay the consequences for them, but you don’t just give up. You keep going. And you learn from your mistakes.” - Hope Solo

Yet as soon Rapinoe wrapped up her response about the challenges of living on the road, Solo jumped right in, picking up steam as she went along.

“We have played with our teammates for a very long time,” Solo said, “and you see them go through so much. My teammates have seen me go through so much. We all have a lot of personal stuff and we’ve all overcome so much. Sometimes people know about it, other times people have no idea.

“The only way to overcome is by enduring. You may have made a big mistake and you may have made a bad decision, and you pay the consequences for them, but you don’t just give up. You keep going. And you learn from your mistakes.”

Few in the crowd of young faces flinched. And the conversation turned right back to pregame rituals and which USWNT player has the best dance moves.

“I don’t sugarcoat it,” Solo explained her response to reporters later. “It’s not always easy. It’s important for them to know that.”

For most of the afternoon, she and Rapinoe made the limelight sound much more fun.

They waxed poetic about the epic penalty shootout win against Brazil in the last World Cup, the one tied up by an Abby Wambach goal off a Rapinoe assist in the final moments of extra time.

They recalled their youth soccer days and talked about the value of schoolwork and provided a glimpse inside the USWNT locker room.

They gave advice, and a rapt audience listened.

“Throughout your life, you’re going to continue to learn,” Solo said. “You’re going to continue to grow. And you’re going to continue to make bigger and better decisions to help pave a wonderful life for (yourself).”