In the wake of her suspension from the US Women’s National Team, it appears that Hope Solo’s career may have come to a halt.
Following a loss to Sweden in the Olympics, the US goalie was suspended for publicly calling their opponents “a bunch of cowards”. When she learned about the suspension, Solo understandably upset. “Sixth months suspension, no pay, terminated contract… Seventeen f**king years and it’s over,” she cried.
Solo later elaborated in a Facebook post. On August 24, she wrote:
“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… with so much more to give, I am saddened by the Federation’s decision to terminate my contract.I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things. My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this teams, for the player and the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes”
Solo followed that note with a second announcement on August 30:
“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. 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. After watching the team’s win against Portland this weekend and seeing Haley Kopmeye playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what’s best for me and for the Reign organization.”
For the moment, it appears that Hope Solo, a player that USA Today once called “the best goalkeeper in America and probably the world”, has retired.
Her Olympic journey has been documented in the show “Keeping Score” on Fullscreen.com.