Hope Solo: 'I think it's best for me to take a break'

Goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended from the U.S. women's national team for 30 days following what U.S. Soccer described as "an incident" at training camp in Carson, California.

She was with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, when he was arrested in nearby Manhattan Beach Monday morning on DUI charges.

The incident came less than a week after she had domestic violence charges dismissed in Kirkland, Washington.

"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," said U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."

Solo has left training camp and will miss the USA's matches on Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.

TMZ reported Solo was with Stevens when he was pulled over. It was told Solo was "acting belligerent" and the police "were thiiis close" to arresting Solo for disorderly conduct. It added on Thursday that was driving the national team van when he was stopped and that was the main reason Solo was suspended.

Driving the team vans is a time-honored tradition of men's national team players during camps at the National Training Center. The New York Times reported last year that women's national team coaches and staff usually drive the vans, quoting Megan Rapinoe as saying, "They don't trust us."

Following the announcement of the suspension, Solo posted this on her Facebook page:

"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. 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."
6 comments about "Hope Solo: 'I think it's best for me to take a break'".
  1. Karl Schreiber, January 22, 2015 at 3:22 p.m.

    Sad. Incredible behavior. Correct decision (to suspend her). --
    Questions: 1.) Why is a husband allowed at or even near a team training camp? – 2.) While we luckily have a few other excellent goalkeepers, none have Solo’s experience and thus Solo technically remains our best GK for the World Cup. But: Has Jim Ellis given the others enough game time to get more experience? – Not in my assessment based on the games I have been able to watch on TV. -- BEST WISHES TO THE U.S. TEAM!

  2. J Sagett, January 22, 2015 at 3:39 p.m.

    Classic make-up call.

  3. James Madison, January 22, 2015 at 5:22 p.m.

    Given this incident on top of her other history, one must suspect that Solo has issues with alcohol. If so, I hope she has the seeks and obtains the help she needs.

  4. Allan Lindh, January 22, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.

    You know what my Daddy told me, "Never marry anyone crazier than you are."

  5. Chris J, January 22, 2015 at 7:09 p.m.

    Sad, yes, but the players seem to run this team. Husband should never have been anywhere near a team van. Surprised the coach actual suspended one of the media darlings. Now why can't she dump a few more old guard stalwarts and entitled prima donnas for some real soccer players?

  6. Lonaka K, January 23, 2015 at 1:20 a.m.

    Is the Us Soccer desperate for a World Cup win? I hope they put their trust into the younger players and win the Cup without Solo. It's time for US Soccer to upgrade its morals and behavior.

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