Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hope Solo Suspended From U.S. Soccer Team

Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team for 30 days.

The suspension was announced Wednesday and made effective immediately. Solo's temporary dismissal stems from an incident that occurred during the current WNT training camp being held in Carson, Calif.

Solo's husband, former Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens, was charged with driving under the influence during the early morning hours Monday in Manhattan Beach, Calif., about 12 miles from Carson. The Los Angeles Times reported that Solo was in the passenger seat.

"During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis explained.

"We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team," Ellis added.

Solo addressed her suspension via Facebook, writing, "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. 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."

As a result of her suspension, Solo has been released from training camp and will miss the USA's matches in France on Feb. 8 and in England on Feb. 13. The 33-year-old athlete will be eligible for reinstatement after the 30-day suspension, pending review and approval by U.S. Soccer and Ellis.

Earlier this month, a judge in Washington dismissed domestic assault charges against Solo. The charges were dropped because witnesses and the two alleged victims refused to cooperate, NBC News reported.

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