Solo Ends Her NWSL Season
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The Hope Solo saga took another turn today with the goalkeeper’s announcement that she was ending her NWSL season with the Seattle Reign early; saying in a statement released on social media that she is still “coming to terms with the fact that I was fired from the national team after 17 years of service.”

Hope Solo (Getty Images)

Hope Solo’s decision will be a huge loss to her club. (Getty Images)

Solo was seen reacting to that dismissal in a snippet of the upcoming documentary on the U.S. WNT, “Keeping Score,” also released today. In the clip, an emotional Solo is shown reacting to her suspension and the termination of her national team contract. Speaking to her husband, Jerramy Stevens, and looking at the camera, the beleaguered keeper jabs her finger into the wooden table and exclaims “17 #@*% years and it’s over!”

The video is compelling and is in line with her statement in which Solo says the U.S. Soccer action “has been devastating.” Solo added, “after careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization that I love playing for.” “I am not there yet,” Solo said, in relation to returning to action.

Left unanswered by both U.S. Soccer and Solo herself is the goalkeeper’s future. Once her six-month suspension has run its course Solo will be eligible for reinstatement and a new contract with the U.S. Soccer, although the organization’s action is more easily read as a bon voyage to the often difficult netminder.

And given that the NWSL is largely controlled by U.S. Soccer it is difficult at the moment to see Solo suiting up for Seattle or any NWSL club in the near future.

So what does the future hold for Solo? (Getty Images)

So what does the future hold for Solo? (Getty Images)

So, what next then for Solo? At 35 years old she could elect to step away from the game, although it is likely that the keeper would prefer to end her playing career on her own terms.

And even if Solo was less than her usual dominant self at the Olympics, no doubt a factor in U.S. Soccer’s decision to release the keeper, Solo remains a top caliber goalie and could return to play in Europe. It has been over a decade but Solo does have some experience in Europe, having played in Sweden for Goteborg and in France with Lyon.

However this plays out it is unlikely that this saga is over and even less likely that we have seen the last of Hope Solo.

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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4 Responses to Solo Ends Her NWSL Season
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  1. dan says:

    Stupid emotional decision of U.S. Soccer. Very disgraceful from association and American public after what she done for this country..

  2. Alex says:

    She has done so much for the national team that goes beyond for what any other girl has done in that sport, now they turn their back on her. It is unbelieveable……HopeSolo 4ever.

  3. R Wood says:

    A sitting president of the United States tells the media that police officers “acted stupidly” and faces no repercussions.
    An NBA player criticizes the referees and gets fined.
    A NFL player skips a press conference and gets fined or slaps his girlfriend and gets benched for a couple of games.
    A college player talks smack about another team and has his hand slapped and still gets to play.
    A soccer player criticizes another team and gets fired!?
    What’s up with that?
    Give me a break!!!

  4. A Gonzalez says:

    Nice list R Wood, we can pick many more examples and they all point to the same thing, US Soccer trying to prove a point about who is in charge and it is a poor decision. This household has lost respect for US Soccer WNT. We hope she lands on her feet somewhere.

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