Hope Solo has been a walking infirmary, picking up a variety of minor injuries before and during the 2011 Women's World Cup. Her injured shoulder has been bothersome, forcing Solo to take an injection ahead to the US Women's National Team's first World Cup match this year. And while her shoulder has been manageable, another injury suffered in warmups ahead of the USA's semifinal matchup with France put a scare into the team.
Solo tweaked her hamstring just minutes before the USA and France battled in the Women's World Cup semifinals, but wasn't enough to keep her out of action. In fact, she should no ill-effects from the minor strain, and performed admirably throughout the match. Solo conceded just one goal, coming on a cross-turned-shot that left her out of position.
With three days of rest before the Women's World Cup semifinals and finals, Solo had plenty of time to rest and receive treatment in an effort to get as healthy as possible ahead of the biggest game of her life. And on Sunday, Solo is ready to go, starting in goal as she has so many times. There's no indication the hamstring is a problem, and she should be as close to full-strength as one could be after a grueling Women's World Cup.
Solo and the USA battle Japan in Germany in the 2011 Women's World Cup Finals at 11:45 a.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and an online stream is available at ESPN3.com.