January 25, 2012
WATCHING WITH APPREHENSION
Sundhage wasn't Solo's No. 1 dancing fan
VANCOUVER -- Pia Sundhage wasn't necessarily Hope Solo's No. 1 fan when the U.S. international goalkeeper competed during a two-month stint on "Dancing With The Stars" last fall.
Solo acquitted herself so well that she finished fourth in the competition, which certainly made the U.S. women's national coach quite apprehensive and "scared" when her star keeper hit the dance floor. Fortunately, she never actually hit the floor with an injury, although her current quad injury goes back to the show.
"I was scared. High heels?" Sundhage said with a laugh. "It doesn't matter what I think. Obviously she wanted to do it. Obviously it was fun for her, and a lot of attention to the goalkeeper of the national team. But, honestly, I was scared. That outfit? It was so different from the soccer player Hope Solo I know."
Sundhage might have watched the TV show, but that didn't mean she had to vote for her keeper.
"I didn't vote for her," she said with a laugh. "I'll tell you that."