By Alex MauerFor the past few weeks, the USA has been in the headlines for a series of problems that have forced them to play the final group game of the Women’s World Cup against Germany on Tuesday night.
The USA has conceded five goals in its last five games against Germany, and conceded five in its final seven games against Costa Rica, the US Women’s National Team and Mexico.
The USA’s two-game winless streak against Costa Rico was the longest since 1998, when it lost five in a row.
On Tuesday, the United States’ starting goalkeeper was also injured for the first time in her career, and after failing to make a start in her first three matches, Hope Solo was benched in the second half of a 2-0 loss to Colombia.
Solo had started the game in goal for Costa Rica in the 2-1 loss to Honduras and then missed the next three games, including two starts, due to an injured knee.
The news that Solo had been sidelined for at least a week has not been good for the USA, which is currently on a seven-game losing streak in all competitions, including a 1-0 win over Mexico in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.
The U.S. is currently tied for second in the world with Mexico, two points behind reigning champions Brazil, who are currently tied with Argentina for the most points in World Cup history.
Solana was in the starting lineup for the USWNT against Costa Rican keeper Felipe Alves in the semifinal, and the two shared the starting goal against the Costa Rican national team in a World Cup qualifying game in June.SOLANA HAS BEEN OUTSIDE THE SIDELINES FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARSAfter Solo’s injury, the first of many missed starts for Solo was a 4-1 home defeat to Honduras on Oct. 5.
Solo played in that game for the third time this season, starting the next two games, but Solo was replaced in the third minute of stoppage time.
Solito had not played since that match.
Her only start against Costa Rica came in the 3-1 win on Oct.
“Her performance against Costa was a great sign of her fitness, and it helped her get into the lineup for those final games,” USWWA coach Jill Ellis told reporters.
“She did a great job for us and was really, really impressive in the last game of that quarterfinal.”
Ellis said Solo is currently recovering from her surgery and will be ready to play against Costa on Tuesday.
“She is back and ready to go,” Ellis said.
“Hope will continue to do what she does and try to make the most of every opportunity she has.
We’re really excited about what she has done for us.”
Solo has not started since a 3-0 victory against Mexico in September.
She is currently out of the US squad for the final game of this qualifying campaign.SMOLLY SOLO TO BE BACK FOR THE FINAL US WNT GAME AGAINST CANADAOn Tuesday night, Solo will be in goal again for the U.K. for the fourth time in a five-match series.
Solanas performance against Colombia was the first-ever game-winning goal scored by the USA against Costa, which earned the Americans their first World Cup title since 1995.
The match against Colombia, which ended 1-1, saw Solo make an incredible save on Mexico’s Cristiane Guzman on a penalty kick that was well awarded by referee Jürgen Klinsmann.
It was the only time in World Soccer history that a U.N. official has scored a penalty on a U-20 player.
Solana also made her international debut, making her first appearance for the United Kingdom in the U-17 World Cup and the first game since 2009.
The U.Y.S., who are ranked fourth in the FIFA World Rankings, will play host to Costa Rica on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
ET in what is set to be the U17 World Championship.