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Hope Solo launches new podcast in partnership with SiriusXM

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Hope Solo is launching a new podcast in partnership with SiriusXM called “Hope Solo Speaks.” The podcast will debut across all platforms March 2.

The former USWNT star goaltender and National Soccer Hall of Famer will discuss a variety of topics, including her relentless fight for women’s rights and gender equality, motherhood and family, changing trends in sports and more. She will be joined by guests that include world-class athletes, artists, and influencers for conversations about their experiences, passions and current topics.

“The perceptions of me have been off target time and time again, and now it is time for me to speak my truths on my new SiriusXM podcast,” said Solo. “Most people know me as a two-time Olympian and World Cup champion goalkeeper, but I am so much more than that and can’t wait to dive into the most important issues in sports and beyond with my weekly guests and listeners.”

The podcast will air every Wednesday on podcast channels as well as SiriusXM’s dedicated soccer channel, SiriusXM FC.

The most decorated goalkeeper in US Soccer history, Solo amassed 202 appearances, 153 wins and 102 shutouts, all of which are USWNT records. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, she added a World Cup championship in 2015 before retiring from professional soccer in 2016.

“Throughout her illustrious playing career, Hope was always one of the most candid and spirited voices among her peers, and now she’ll be one of the most outspoken voices in podcasting,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Her experiences in life and sports give her an important perspective on many matters on and off the field, and we’re looking forward to her sharing what’s on her mind on Hope Solo Speaks.”

In the podcast’s debut episode, Solo will discuss the recent equal pay settlement between the USWNT and US Soccer, which she has critiqued on social media.

“The reason for my sadness, the reason I feel gutted, kicked in the stomach, the reason why I feel betrayed and a bit hopeless is because the settlement is pathetic,” Solo says on the first episode of the podcast. “After fighting for years for equal pay starting in 2015, the players still went on and agreed to a less than equal CBA. They continued to believe in the promises of the federation. They were outclassed, out maneuvered, and then finally, after pumping the brakes and doing a 180 in the fight of our life, they decided to show up to the party and they got hustled.”

She’ll be joined on the first episode by Carli Lloyd, one of the USWNT’s best who recently retired from professional soccer.

“It was really tough and challenging to play these last several years,” Lloyd says on the podcast. “To be quite honest I hated it. It wasn’t fun going in. It was only for love of the game, really, for me. I wanted to win and wanted to help the team, but the culture within the team was the worst I had ever seen it.”