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August 15th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Hope Solo on her public reputation and her inspiration for writing her memoir

On Tuesday, U.S. Women's Soccer goal keeper, Hope Solo joined Piers Morgan for a feisty and compelling interview. The newly minted gold medal Olympian spoke about the public's impression of her "I have a bad rap," Solo noted. "People look at me as selfish, outspoken. But I know who I am."

In 2007, Solo was embroiled in controversy after openly criticizing U.S. Women's soccer coach Greg Ryan after the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. And most recently, she set the Twitterverse afire by sending out a harsh tweet criticizing Olympic soccer commentator Brandi Chastain for her negative commentary during the 2012 London games.

"I don't expect any of the media to be positive," explained Solo. "But I know that I'm doing wonderful things for the sport of soccer and I know I'm doing amazing things for female athletes. So I can take it."

Solo also talked to Morgan about the inspiration for writing her memoir, "Solo: A Memoir of Hope". "I knew for a I knew for a long time I would write a book," said Solo. "I knew for a long time my story was compelling."

"My life is a beautiful struggle... And I'm happy of everything I've been through. I'm strong and everything has made me who I am. So I'm not shy about it. And for the first time, I get to come out and tell my story."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Solo talks about her challenges and inspirations on and off the soccer field.
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  1. Toby

    WOW! Is anybody advising this woman? She is destroying her marketability to advertisers.

    August 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lindsey

    Piers came off as a chauvinistic jerk, insinuating that people only watch the women's team because they are good looking. Are you kidding? I think we watch them because they are amazing soccer players and make the USA proud.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nancy

    Mr Morgan,I was watching your program on Monday 13th Aug and you ended it with a complaint about a Flight Attendent
    on American Eagle....not American Airlines... singing a song to the passengers. I do agree with you when I get on a flight I want peace and quiet.In my option you should have gone to the F/A herself and mentioned it and even written American Eagle a letter if it bothered you that much but to go on national news and berate the young lady was mean spirited and hateful on your part! If that is the worst thing that happens to you in a day you are damn lucky. Besides that is not news worthy material. I thought it made you look like a big whiner!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. dom

    Not a good dancer but a very nice young woman...

    August 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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