Hope Solo and Alex Morgan Are Invading Your TVs
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup has been over for almost three months now and the WPS championship game was played at the end of August.
The buzz surrounding the players from the United States team has yet to die down though. Sure, appearances on Letterman and SportsCenter were expected right after the World Cup final, but TV still seems to love the girls a few months after, specifically goalie Hope Solo and forward Alex Morgan.
Solo has arguably become the biggest name from the team. She got a huge bump in publicity when she was picked to be a part of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. She’s paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has previously danced with other sports athletes and personalities Laila Ali, Misty May-Treanor and Erin Andrews. Currently the team is safe through two rounds.
That’s not the only place you’ll see her on TV though. She co-stars in a couple of commercials.
Solo appears in an ad for FIFA 12, the No. 1 selling sports video game franchise in the world. Solo’s spot features her playing against FIFA video game series funny-pitchman and NBA superstar Steve Nash. Although it’s not Nash’s first rodeo pimping the video game, he still manages to lose to Solo.
Also on the airwaves is a new “This is SportsCenter” commercial that stars Solo, Morgan and the Miami Dolphins’ mascot. It is the second commercial of its kind starring a player(s) from the USWNT since June (Abby Wambach had her own spot prior to the World Cup). The two show off their juggling skills and put anchor Jay Harris to shame.
It’s not the first time Solo and Morgan have shared the spotlight in a commercial, either. The two players were seen playing “Just Dance: Summer Party” for the Wii this summer.
Morgan has also popped up outside the soccer world. When the USWNT was in Kansas City to take on Canada in a friendly, Morgan got the honor of throwing out the first pitch of a Royals game.
It’s great news for the women’s team that their stars are getting added popularity even as the Women’s World Cup gets further and further in the distance.
Where will Solo and Morgan pop up next? And who else will join the TV party?