VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Hope Solo is nursing what she calls "a little quad pull" as she tries to help the U.S. women's national team qualify for the Olympics.
The goalkeeper was grabbing her right leg during the Americans' 4-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday night. She had an ice pack on the leg after the game.
"Toward the end of the game I was a little worried that I was going to have to come out, but being qualifying and only having three subs, you don't really want to sub the goalkeeper," Solo said. "So I definitely knew I could maintain for another 15 minutes."
Solo will have two days to recover before the U.S. plays its most crucial game of the tournament — Friday's semifinal against Costa Rica that will determine whether the Americans earn a berth to the Summer Games in London.
"A little quad pull, but luckily going into the next game, the most important game, I'll have an extra day of rest," she said. "So I think things should be fine. I'm hoping things will be fine."
Solo said the injury came about as the result of the extra work she's been putting in as she tries to get back into soccer shape after spending the fall appearing on "Dancing With the Stars."
"I'm just coming back — took some time off," she said. "I'm trying to get my quickness back and my sharpness back, and my kicking back, so I've been focusing a lot on my kicking and I think it just fatigued and it pulled a little bit probably about three days ago."
Solo said she has a ways to go to get the fitness level she wants for the Olympics.
"Nowhere where I want to be. ... I'm 30 years old, and I know the world still hasn't seen my best yet," she said.
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