The first major
event for the USA will be the second SheBelieves Cup at the beginning of March against England, France and Germany. A new CBA would likely encompass participation in the 2017 NWSL,
which is expected to begin in April.
Solo, 35, helped the USA win Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and the 2015 Women's World Cup. She recorded 103 shutouts in 202 international matches, making her the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time.
But off-the-field issues got her in trouble with U.S. Soccer one too many times.
She was suspended for the third-place game against Norway at the 2007 Women's World Cup after blasting head coach Greg Ryan for dropping her in favor of Briana Scurry, the hero of the 1999 Women's World Cup triumph, for the semifinals. The USA lost to Brazil, 4-0.
She was arrested in June 2014 on two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert, and Obert's son in an early-morning altercation. The case was first dismissed and later reinstated as appeals continued over procedural issues related to the lack of cooperation of Obert and Obert's son.
U.S. Soccer suspended Solo for 30 days in early 2015 following the DUI arrest of her husband Jerramy Stevens. Stevens and Solo had taken a team van at training camp in California -- players often used the vans for outings and to run errands -- and Solo was with Stevens when he was pulled over.
The last straw was when she said the USA "played a bunch of cowards," after it was ousted by Sweden in a shootout from the Rio Olympics. U.S. coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer general secretary Dan Flynn flew to Seattle to inform Solo of U.S. Soccer's decision to suspend her and terminate her national team contract.
"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. national team member," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said, "U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action."