Alyssa Naeher may be the best women’s goalkeeper you’ve never heard of.
But that has less to do with Naeher than it does with the woman who long played in front of her on the U.S. national team.
Hope Solo is undisputedly the best goalie in women’s soccer history. In 15 years she won 153 games and posted 102 shutouts in 195 starts. No other keeper — male or female — has come close to matching any of those numbers.
So for eight years Naeher mainly sat and watched and waited her turn. This year, with Solo out of the picture, she’s finally getting that chance.
“I’m just happy to have the opportunity now,” she said. “Any time you get to step on the field, wear the...