Credit: Friedemann Vogel/ Getty Images Photo: Hope Solo

Talk about a fast turnaround! Maksim Chmerkovskiy just confirmed he’ll return as a pro dancer on Dancing With the Stars Season 13. At the 2011 ESPY Awards on July 13, he told Hollyscoop he doesn’t care whom he gets as a partner — even Dina Lohan is okay. But he had a different answer ready for People.

"Hope Solo!" Maks said of his dream partner. "Let's do it! I want somebody hot, I want somebody exciting, somebody passionate, and I'll do the rest."

Hope is the gorgeous goalkeeper who led the U.S. women’s soccer team to several wins on the path to a devastating miss at the World Cup final on July 17. By the time Maks made his pick, the final match hadn’t happened yet, but he told People, "I'm watching every second of it.”

He even issued a personal message for the feisty goalie: "I'm waiting," Maks said. "And please don't hurt your legs."

Hope could use some good news after that loss — in penalty kicks — to Japan. Maks is just the kind of guy to put a smile back on her face … then pick a fight with her during rehearsals.

What do you think, DWTS fans? Is Hope a good partner for Maks?

Source: People