August 30, 2016
THE SOLO SAGA CONTINUES
Hope Solo quits Reign for rest of NWSL season
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Don't expect Hope Solo to call any opponents "cowards" any time soon.
|Hope Solo: “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."
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Solo, who has been suspended from the U.S. women's national team for critical comments of Sweden after the Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, Tuesday quit the Seattle Reign for the remainder of the National Women's Soccer League season.
Seattle (6-5-5, 23 points), which is battling for a playoff berth, has four games remaining in the regular season and is four points adrift of the final playoff berth.
“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,” Solo said on twitter. “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for. Mentally, I am not there yet.”
It was not immediately known if and when the 33-year-old Solo would return to the club. All U.S. internationals in the league are paid by U.S. Soccer and not the NWSL.
“While disappointed that Hope will not return to Reign FC this season, we understand and respect her decision,” Reign head coach Laura Harvey said in a statement. “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.”
Solo called the Swedes "cowards" for their bunker defensive style against the United States at the Olympic quarterfinals earlier this month. The teams played to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regulation and extratime before the European side prevailed in penalty kicks, 4-3.
Regarded as the best goalkeeper in U.S. women's history, Solo experienced a rather average Olympics that was punctuated by a sketchy performance in a 2-2 draw against Colombia in the final group stage match. Solo allowed the South Americans to score twice off free kicks. The first attempt went through Solo's hands and legs, the equalizer was scored late in the match.