By: Annie Beadle
After 17 years of playing for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, controversial goalkeeper, Hope Solo, has been terminated from the program.
Solo had recently faced criticism for insulting her Swedish opponents when they defeated the U.S. team in an Olympic match. “We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today, I strongly, firmly believe that,” Solo sorely stated.
These comments prompted the U.S. Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, to say Solo’s comments were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.”
On August 24, after a meeting with the team’s coach and secretary general, it was announced that Solo’s was given an unpaid six month suspension to be followed with the termination of her contract with the team.
Footage from a documentary following Solo and her former teammates caught her reaction directly after she was told of her termination. The former U.S. goalkeeper was shown crying and saying “Seventeen f—-ing years and it’s over.”
Soon after the announcement from the U.S. National Team, Solo announced her decision to end her season with her team, the Seattle Reign.
“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,” said Solo in a press conference, “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.”