U.S. Soccer Keeping Hope Solo on Roster

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US Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo in a match against France

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U.S. Soccer has stated for the record that the organization will continue to start goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Solo pleaded not guilty to a June 21 altercation that resulted in two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence. Solo is accused of assaulting her 17-year-old nephew and her sister. A trial is set for Nov. 4 and Solo could face up to six months of jail if convicted.

After the arrest, Solo posted on social media:

“I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.”

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement that was released Monday (Sept. 22):

“U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo’s status with the National Team. Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available we will carefully consider it.”

These allegations against Solo have resurfaced due to the domestic violence cases that seem to be ongoing in the NFL. A domino effect of domestic violence cases have been in the spotlight for professional sports since the Ray Rice elevator incident, where the running back punched his fiancée in the face and knocked her out.

Since 2000, Solo has been part of the U.S. Soccer Team. She also has won two gold medals in the Olympics.

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