USWNT: Hope Solo wants another shot in goal

Hope Solo, whose suspension from the U.S. women's national team ends Feb. 22, told "60 Minutes Sports" she wants a chance to make a comeback on the national team for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.

“Nobody beat me physically," she said. "And for me not to have the opportunity to see if there’s another goalkeeper better than me, that doesn’t seem right.”

Solo, 35, is recovering from replacement surgery on her right shoulder last year -- a titanium rod was inserted from her shoulder to her elbow -- and unable to currently play.  She said she has not heard back from U.S. Soccer since the suspension that followed her "cowards" comments about Sweden's defensive play made at the Rio Olympics.

U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis said said the decision by U.S. Soccer to terminate Solo's contract and suspend her for six months wasn't "simply a decision made about comments, it was based on the sum total of actions that have unfortunately shone a negative light on our program."

Solo insisted she should not have been dropped.

“I never thought you could get fired for being a poor sport,” she said. “I was a poor sport. We had just lost the Olympics. We’re supposed to be the No. 1 team in the world. It’s OK to be passionate. It’s OK to hurt.”
7 comments about "USWNT: Hope Solo wants another shot in goal".
  1. susan pickering, February 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

    The world has changed. While your comments were not good there have been far worse but women can't get away with things like men can. Go for it Hope, you are the best! And be a role model for female athletes only you gotta learn how to do it without getting yourself into trouble. Susie

  2. Carl Hudson, February 9, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.

    Are Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer the new "Behavior Nazis" ? They should check out the NFL and NBA and NCAA, and see if soccer "standards" are overly strict.

  3. R2 Dad, February 9, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

    If the USWNT wants to be considered equals to the men (and get paid properly), perhaps Ellis and Sunil should insist the women's team no longer operate like a sorority. If Ellis is concerned about "a negative light on our program", I think this Michelle French travesty: a greater threat than Hope Solo the wingnut.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, February 10, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

    I don't agree that this a problem. The writer is ignoring the physical fatigue problem caused by the competition schedule. If it doesn't fit your expectations, so what. My conclusion from watching some of the matches was that the US team was composed of high school and college players, and their fitness levels for the most part reflected that.

  5. MA Soccer, February 9, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.

    let her tryout

  6. John Soares, February 9, 2017 at 3:33 p.m.

    The penalty did NOT fit the crime. If not bias, don't really believe it. Then it was way over the top. In either case she has served her sentence/paid the price. Now let her play.

  7. stewart hayes, February 9, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.

    They have to give her another shot or else we will correctly think that the suspension was intended to be a permanent vacation.

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