Less than a week after being suspended from the U.S. national team for six months and having her contract terminated, Hope Solo
announced she won't be playing again in 2016 for her NWSL team,
the Seattle Reign, saying U.S. Soccer's decision was "devastating" and she wasn't in a frame of mind to play.
"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," she said. "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 Kopmeyer
playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what's best for me and for the
Reign organization." Hope Solo in NWSL: GP/GAA TEAM (YEAR) 14/1.36
Seattle Reign (2013)
Seattle Reign (2014) 8/1.13
Seattle Reign (2015) 8/0.63
Seattle Reign (2016)
The Reign won the 2014 and 2015 NWSL regular-season titles
but finds itself in a battle to make the four-team playoffs. Despite its 3-1 win over archrival Portland, the Reign sits in fifth place, four points of the playoffs with four games to play.
After Solo was informed of U.S. Soccer's decision to punish her
her remarks after the USA's shootout loss to Sweden at the Rio Olympics and before the Reign-Thorns games, Reign head coach and general manager Laura Harvey
said she was willing to give her
keeper some time to digest the news.
On Tuesday, Harvey issued a statement saying the Reign was disappointed with the decision but understood and respected it.
always wanted what is best for our team," said Harvey. "She is a relentless trainer, a fierce competitor and demands from herself nothing less than excellence on the pitch."
been Solo's understudy since the Reign was formed in 2013, a fourth-round draft choice out of Michigan.
With Solo out for a good part of the 2015 season, Kopmeyer had a 1.00
goals-against average in 11 games to rank third among all NWSL keepers.
The Reign is Solo's eighth team in a pro career that has spanned, beginning in WUSA with the Philadelphia Charge.
It's the only club at which she's played at least full seasons.
Solo started her WPS career with the Saint Louis Athletica, which folded in its second season. She later played for Atlanta
Beat and magicJack before WPS folded after the 2011 season. She played one season each in Sweden (Kopparbergs/Gothenburg) and France (Lyon).