KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hope Solo is kicking off her cleats for some dancing shoes.
It's making her about as nervous as a World Cup final.
The U.S. goalkeeper and international soccer icon will make her sole-sliding debut on the newest season of "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday, joining NBA star Ron Artest as the latest athletes to try their hand at the foxtrot, two-step and the Viennese waltz.
"I don't think I should have been the first from the team to be chosen for the show because of my dance moves," Solo confided. "Lauren Cheney can really bust a move."
That may be true, but Solo is the one fast becoming a pop culture icon.
After losing in crushing fashion at the World Cup final in Germany -- a shootout defeat to Japan that has already gone down as one of the greatest women's soccer games ever -- Solo has exploded into the public consciousness, recognized by soccer fans, sports fans and the general public alike.
She appeared on the "Late Show" with David Letterman along with teammate Abby Wambach, attended the New York City premier for the final season of HBO's "Entourage" with teammate Alex Morgan, and landed high-profile endorsement contracts with Gatorade and Bank of America.
Solo is approaching 300,000 followers on Twitter, has embarked on numerous media tours to promote women's soccer, conducted more youth clinics than she can count and, yes, had her share of marriage proposals from complete strangers -- flattering, and a little freaky.
Solo is partnering with "Dancing With the Stars" veteran Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the ABC show, which pits athletes, celebrities and other personalities in a dance contest in which viewer votes help determine the winner.