(ESPN) – Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended six months from the national team for what U.S. Soccer called “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.”
After the United States was eliminated from the Rio Olympics earlier this month in a penalty shootout, the 35-year-old Solo criticized the winning Sweden team, calling it “a bunch of cowards.”
“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement Wednesday. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.
“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 determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”
So this news came out today about US Soccer giving Hope Solo the boot, and to be honest its mostly a bunch of crap.
First off, this is what you suspend her for? For calling the other team cowards right after losing an Olympic match?
We always say that we want our athletes to be more open and candid and not give the same cliche statements that everyone gives. And then when it actually happens, were going to kick her off the team because it goes against what we stand for as US Soccer? Really?
I know she has been suspended in the past, but they gave her slaps on the wrist compared to this when she was caught up in multiple domestic abuse cases, with her husband, and her own family.
Even at 35, Solo is still the best goalie they have/had on their roster, which is partially why they have continued to put up with all her off field issues.
They also know exactly what they are doing, they want to save face by doing this, but keep in mind the womens soccer team doesnt have any major tournaments or matches coming up in the next 6 months, so whats the real lesson supposed to be anyway.
I think the higher ups have been wanting to get her off the team and took this chance of something happening on one of the worlds biggest stages, the Olympics, to try and look tough. This was a lifetime achievement penalty, and it was still over the top.
That said, I dont think Hope Solo is a stand up individual, but to me the punishment doesnt fit the crime in this case.