Goalkeeper Hope Solo has decided to end her season with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The beleaguered goalkeeper, who was handed a six-month suspension and saw her contract with U.S. Soccer terminated last week, announced her departure from her professional club team in a statement Tuesday.

U.S. Soccer suspended Solo following disparaging comments she made about Sweden during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, calling her opponents a “bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play during the quarterfinals. She won’t be eligible for selection to the national team again until February.

Before a match last weekend against the Portland Thorns, the Reign announced Solo was granted an indefinite personal leave. Haley Kopmeyer took over for Solo in goal and the Reign won 3-1.

“Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. Women’s National Team after 17 years of service has been devastating. After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for,” Solo said Tuesday. “Mentally, I am not there yet. After watching the team’s win against Portland this weekend and seeing Haley Kopmeyer playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what’s best for me and for the Reign organization.”

Reign head coach and general manager Laura Harvey issued a statement saying that while the team was disappointed in Solo’s decision, it was understood and respected.

“Hope has always wanted what is best for our team — she is a relentless trainer, a fierce competitor and demands from herself nothing less than excellence on the pitch,” Harvey said.

The three-time defending champion U.S. women were handed their earliest-ever exit from the Olympics earlier this month when Sweden advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw on Aug. 12.

Sweden’s coach, Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. team to gold medals in Beijing and London, replied to Solo’s postgame “cowards” comment by stating: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.” Sweden went on to play in the gold-medal match against Germany.

Solo had caused a stir in Brazil even before the comment about Sweden because of social media posts over the Zika virus, showing her wearing mosquito netting and armed with insect repellant. Brazilian fans booed her mercilessly and shouted “Zika!” every time she touched the ball.

While talented in goal, controversy has shadowed the 35-year-old Solo throughout her career.

She still faces a possible trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges after a 2014 incident at her sister’s home, when she was accused of being intoxicated and assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo said she was a victim in the altercation. Earlier this year, an appeals court in Washington state rejected Solo’s request to avoid trial.

In early 2015 while Solo was at a team training camp in Southern California, her husband Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a U.S. Soccer team van. Solo was with him at the time.

The former Seattle Seahawks tight end later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years on probation. Solo was suspended by U.S. Soccer for 30 days.

There were other incidents as well, including Twitter comments she made about former U.S. player Brandi Chastain during the London Games, and public criticism of coach Paul Ryan during the 2007 World Cup over his decision to start Briana Scurry in the semifinals, a match the Americans lost. Solo was sent home early from the tournament.

U.S. Soccer indicated in its statement announcing her suspension Wednesday that it was a culmination of events.

The controversies have tainted Solo’s legacy in the net.

She became the first goalkeeper with 100 international shutouts last month when the United States defeated South Africa 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago. It also was her 150th career win.

During the Rio Games she made her 200th appearance in goal for the United States, an international record.

Solo won her second straight Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup a year ago. Over the course of the tournament in Canada, she had five shutouts and allowed only three goals in seven games. The U.S. won the World Cup for its third title in soccer’s premier event.


Hope Solo’s last big news story was when she got drunk and beat the hell out of her relatives!

Unstoppable beating machine Hope Solo was arrested Friday when she would not stop punching people.

The arrest occurred just before 1 a.m. at Hope Solo’s home in Kirkland, Wash., The Seattle Times reports. The police report was released detailing the incident. A man placed a call to 911, stating that a female at the residence was “hitting people”, could not be stopped and wouldn’t leave.

When officers arrived, they encountered Solo, who appeared intoxicated. There were visible injuries on Solo’s sister and a 17-year-old nephew.

Officers determined Solo was the primary instigator, arresting her on two counts of domestic violence and took her to the King County detention center.

A mandatory court appearance will be held on Monday, June 23.

Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said there was a large party at her house at the time of the incident. “There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Murray said.

Solo is the goalkeeper for both The Seattle Reign FC and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. She has also played on two gold-medal winning Olympics teams. The Reign is undefeated this season, playing Western NY Flash on Sunday. The national team recently beat France 1-0 in an exhibition match in Tampa, Fla.

She is married to former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. In November 2012, Stevens allegedly assaulted Solo, his girlfriend at the time. Police had to use a stun gun to break up the altercation. The couple celebrated the occasion by getting married two hours later.

The Seattle Reign released a statement following the arrest: “We are aware of the situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information. We have no further comment at this time.”

As did U.S. Women’s Soccer: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”


Kirland Police Report – Hope Solo Arrest by Syndicated News SNN.BZ

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