LOS ANGELES: Controversial United States women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s friendlies against France and England after being suspended for 30 days after a training camp incident.
Solo appeared to be back on career track last week after a court in Washington state dismissed domestic violence allegations against Solo.
However the United States Soccer Federation has now acted in an unconnected incident at the camp in Carson, California.
USSF confirmed that she had been “released” and would miss games in France on February 8 and England five days later. These feature in the Americans’ preparations for the Women’s World Cup in Canada in June.
It is not clear whether this was connected with events on Monday when Solo’s husband, former Seattle Seahawks NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles.
Media reports stated Solo was in the car but was not cited in the incident by Manhattan Beach police officials.
Head coach Jill Ellis said: “During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on US Soccer and her team-mates.
“We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
Solo, via social media, did not contest the suspension.
She said: “I apologise for disappointing my team mates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me.
“I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”