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Hope Solo to compete on Dancing with the Stars 13

We can all finally put the rumours to rest. The  cast of DWTS Season 13 was announced tonight and as expected, pro soccer player Hope Solo is hitting the dance floor.

The breakout star of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team was initially resistant to doing “DWTS” but apparently changed her mind. Solo is also rumored to have a featured spread in the upcoming ESPN Body Issue so looks like Disney (corporate parent of both ABC and ESPN) is paying her bills this year.

The 30-year-old star goalkeeper, who also plays with the WPS’s magicJack, made headlines this summer when she made several spectacular plays during the Women’s World Cup. Solo has played on the national team for more than a decade, but it was a save in the nail-biting shootout against Brazil that clinched the U.S.’s bid in the semifinals and brought Solo into the national spotlight.

Solo is only the second female goalkeeper ever to play 100 international matches, the milestone event being the U.S.’s hard-won game against France in the semifinals. Although the team ended up taking second place in the tournament following a shootout with Japan, Solo and her teammates helped energize American soccer this summer.  She won the “Golden Glove” for best goalkeeper as well as the “Bronze Ball” award for her tournament performance.

A lightning rod for attention in the world of soccer, where she’s known for openly criticizing a coaching decision, Solo’s stint on DWTS  will take her star status into a new stratosphere.

It is expected that Solo will be paired with dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Will she be able to translate winning on the soccer field to winning on the dance floor? Let’s hope her dance schedule doesn’t interfere with team practice for the upcoming Olympics.

Follow her on Twitter @hopesolo – it’s sure to be entertaining!

Also announced tonight, the rest of Solo’s ‘DWTS’ competitors:

Kristin Cavallari: Former star of “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach.” Hopefully she can stay around longer than her former co-star Audrina Patridge did last fall.

Ron Artest: The L.A. Laker has found something to do during the NBA lockout. Those will be some pretty big dancing shoes to fill.

Ricki Lake: Talk-show host, actress and star of the original “Hairspray” movie. Does she remember the dance moves from her stint as Tracy Turnblad?  She claims it was all attitude and not much choreography.

David Arquette: The “Scream” star and ex-husband of Courtney Cox once briefly held the WCW championship.

Chynna Phillips: Part of Wilson Phillips trio she and her bandmates had a funny cameo at the end of “Bridesmaids.”

Carson Kressley: He has parlayed his “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” success into a multifaceted TV/fashion/writing career but couldn’t make it to LA for the announcement because he was stuck in NYC after the Hurricane Irene.

Nancy Grace: The HLN host will be the one having judgment passed on her for a change. What will the jury have to say about her tango and quick step?

J.R. Martinez: You know him from “All My Children,” and he’s also a veteran of the Iraq war. Sure to be a fan favorite.

Rob Kardashian: Kim’s little brother. She was eliminated third when she did “DWTS” in 2008; Rob will try to hang on longer than that.

Elisabetta Canalis: Best known as George Clooney’s ex, she’s also had a recurring part on TNT’s series “Leverage.”

Chaz Bono: The first transgender contestant ever on the show, the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono.

“Dancing With the Stars” kicks off its season Monday, Sept. 19 on ABC. Wo do you pick to win the coveted mirrorball trophy?

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