Hope Solo has been suspended by the from the U.S. Women’s National Team for the next six months after she called Sweden ‘cowards’ for their playing methods in Rio. The U.S. Women’s National released a statement, “U.S. Soccer has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months for conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles. The suspension for Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, is effective immediately.”
“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.”
Hope released her own statement, “For 17 years, I dedicated my life to the U.S. Women’s National Team and did the job of a pro athlete the only way I knew how — with passion, tenacity, an unrelenting commitment to be the best goalkeeper in the world, not just for my country, but to elevate the sport for the next generation of female athletes,” Hope said on Twitter. “In those commitments, I have never wavered. And with so much more to give, I am saddened by the Federation’s decision to terminate my contract.”
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 25, 2016
Well she’ll have six months to reflect and train.
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