USWNT’s goalie Hope Solo lost more than a chance at another Olympic gold medal.
Today, acclaimed soccer writer Grant Wahl announced on Twitter that US Soccer has suspended Hope Solo for six months. According to US Soccer, Solo is suspended for “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.”
The suspension is in response to the goalie’s unsportsmanlike comments about the Sweden Olympic team, specifically her statement that they were “a bunch of cowards.”
USWNT head coach Jill Ellis and US Soccer general secretary Dan Flynn delivered the news to Solo in person. She is permitted to play for her club team, Seattle Reign, during her suspension, but she cannot participate in USWNT competitions.
U.S. Soccer released this statement 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.
Will Solo ever suit up for the USWNT again?