Sunday, the United States won a shootout, 5-3, to top Brazil after a 2-2 draw Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup.
The victory was redemption for the entire team but perhaps none more so than goalie Hope Solo.
In 2007, Solo was the United States goalkeeper, at least until she was pulled from the lineup heading into the semifinals against Brazil. The US lost 4-0 and Solo let loose an outburst that made her persona non grata among her teammates and many soccer fans.
Fast-forward to 2011 and she's one of the heroes of arguably U.S. women's soccer's most-memorable wins. And as far ar Solo is concerned, it couldn't have happened any other way.
“I didn’t want it to end the wrong way again,” Solo said. “I have waited a long time for this to come around again and I always kept the belief that it would end better this time.
“Some things happened on the field that we didn’t agree with but somehow it all worked out in the end and that shows how we never give up.”
“It has been a long road for me and I had some tough times to get here,” Solo said recently. “In life you get presented with opportunities and second chances and you have to take them.”
It's all going to make for a great Hope Solo movie one day. All she has to do is win two more games to make it a truly happy ending.