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Hope Solo, Shannon Boxx elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

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United States women’s national team legends Hope Solo and Shannon Boxx have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2022 class.

Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Clint Dempsey broke the news during CBS Sports’ coverage of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying matchup against Canada on Sunday, surprising the soccer stars with the honor. Boxx appeared on 44 of the 48 ballots cast, while Solo earned 39 votes.

Solo, considered one of the best goalkeepers in American history, had to wait until her third year of eligibility to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Her 16-year career with the national team was marked by a string of off-field controversies, including an arrest on charges of domestic violence and multiple suspensions from U.S. Soccer.

Still, Solo ended her career with a World Cup title, a 2015 World Cup Golden Glove award and two Olympic gold medals. The Washington native took over as starting keeper in 2005 and led the USWNT on a 55-game unbeaten streak, the longest in team history. Currently, Solo is the 10th-most capped USWNT player in history with 202 international appearances.

Boxx boasts an equally remarkable career as one of the USWNT’s steadiest defensive midfielders. Getting a relatively late start, Boxx earned her first cap at 26 years old and retired at 38. In 195 international appearances with the USWNT, the 12th most of all time, Boxx notched 27 goals and won three Olympic gold medals and one World Cup title.

Boxx is also one of three players who competed in all three women’s professional soccer leagues in the United States — the Women’s United Soccer Association, Women’s Professional Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League.

Solo and Boxx will officially be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on May 21 in Frisco, Texas.