US Female Goal Keeper, Hope Solo Suspended….

Hope Solo will miss the next two games after being suspended by U.S. Soccer for a minimum of 30 days following her husband’s arrest on drunken driving charges, USA Today reports. Solo was with Jerramy Stevens when he was arrested early Monday morning for driving under the influence. Though she isn’t facing any charges and Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police have not described the goalkeeper’s behavior during the traffic stop, TMZ reported that Solo was “acting belligerent” and recorded the officers on her cell phone. “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. coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.” Solo released a statement after the suspension was announced. “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.” The incident came just six days after domestic abuse charges against Solo were dismissed. Solo had been facing two counts of fourth-degree assault stemming from a fight with her sister and nephew, but the charges were dropped after the alleged victims refused to be interviewed by defense attorneys. Though U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun called the domestic abuse charges against Solo “disturbing” and “inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians,” U.S. Soccer allowed her to continue playing while the court case played out. But the federation might have taken a dimmer view of this latest incident because it occurred while she was at training camp. Solo will miss games against France on Feb. 8 and England on Feb. 13, and her suspension will be reviewed after 30 days. The U.S. women currently have no other games scheduled before they begin World Cup play June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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