Friday, January 23, 2015

Hope Solo Suspended

Hope Solo sits in the car with her husband who is driving. Police pull over their car suspecting they were driving under the influence. Jerramy Stevens, her husband, refuses to let the officers smell his breath and was taken to the police station for blood tests. Solo disrespectfully argued and resisted the police. Nearly arrested, Solo returned to the hotel. Where the U.S. National Women's Team is staying. The unbeknownst Coach and teammates found out when the story was broadcasted on the news.

Hope Solo's coach, Jill Ellis, states, "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." Solo, the U.S. women's prized goalie, was consequently suspended for thirty days and will not be able to participate in the World Cup kick off in June. Many wonder how the team will do without their star goalie. 

In the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, Hope won her second consecutive Olympic medal after blocking 12 of the 13 shots from the Japanese women’s team. She also holds the U.S. record for most career shutouts and also received the Golden Glove award in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Leaving her teammates hanging as they face the World Cup warm ups without their star goalie has many hoping that the guilt of letting down her teammates will knock some sense back into Solo. 

Hope Solo writes; "I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me. 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." 

Hope Solo, the star in the goalie world, will be missed by her team and many fans this World Cup warm up.

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