United States goalkeeper Hope Solo wants to play in the 2019 World Cup.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with SI’s Grant Wahl, Solo said the possibility of playing in France three years from now is extremely interesting to her. Solo is 35, and has been part of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2000.
From the interview:
SI.com: There a lot of things going on with you milestone-wise. You just had your 100th international shutout. You just turned 35. You’re about to have your 200th international cap in this game against France, which is something very few players have done. How long do you want to keep playing at this level?
Solo: I feel great right now, I really do. I keep asking our goalkeeper trainer to be harder on me, push me more. I feel healthier now than I did in last summer’s World Cup, I think because we’re not on turf to be honest. My joints feel better. Everything feels really good right now. I do have a personal life outside of soccer. I’ve been married now for four years. I’m very excited for the next chapter with Jerramy, my husband.
Do I want to come back and play in that World Cup in France [in 2019]? It is going to be a magnificent tournament in France. On grass. Beautiful soccer-specific stadiums. Beautiful soccer fanbase in France, and obviously one of the best teams in the world. Stranger things have happened. Can I make it back? I believe I can do whatever I put my mind to—short of being 40. After 40 maybe not! So I do think it’s possible as long as my commitment level and my mind want to take me in that direction.