After recently being cleared of domestic assault charges, USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was handed a 30-day suspension from U.S. Soccer last night.
The federation would not cite the specifics of the suspension, but the order comes after an incident in which Solo’s husband, Jeremy Stevens, was arrested on DUI charges Monday night in Los Angeles.
Solo was in the car with Stevens at the time of the arrest but she was not charged. Reportedly, Solo was acting in a belligerent manner to the police and was nearly arrested for disorderly conduct.
The incident took place while Solo and the rest of the U.S. team finished up a three-week training camp.
“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decisions that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at the time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
The 30-day suspension means that Solo will not be available for the U.S. games against France and England that take place in early February. Solo may be reinstated in 30 days pending reevaluation by the federation and Ellis.
“I accept and respect the federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me,” she said. “I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months, and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.” Solo said in a statement.
Seattle Reign, Solo’s club team, will not be taking any current action against the keeper.
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