Hope Solo has been suspended by U.S. Soccer.
The United States’ Women’s National Team’s goalkeeper has been suspended six months for her post-game comments after the Olympics’ quarterfinals’ loss to Sweden and other actions. Solo has faced domestic violence charges on multiple occasions.
Here’s the USWNT’s release about her suspension:
“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.
“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”
As a result of the suspension, Solo would not be eligible for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team until February of 2017.
Solo has released a statement to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl about her suspension, which includes her contract being terminated.
“I am saddened by the federation’s decision to terminate my contract.”
A player rep for the USWNT finds the penalty “excessive.”
At this point, it appears unlikely that Solo will ever again play for the USWNT.