August 24, 2016
U.S. Soccer suspends Solo for 6 months
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer Wednesday 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.
|Hope Solo won't be able to play for the U.S. women's national team until February.
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The suspension for the 35-year-old Solo, who was 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,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “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.