Hope Solo has long been a source of contention for soccer fans - her talent is undisputed, but her attitude, words, and actions can get her into a lot of trouble. Still, it is difficult not to get emotional when she cried and hugged her husband after she received the news of her termination and six-month suspension after her comments during the Rio Olympics.
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"Six months, suspension, no pay. Terminated contract, effective immediately," Solo says in a video trailer from Fullscreen, a company making a docu-series called "Keeping Score" on the U.S. national team goalkeeper and teammates Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn.
"Terminated contract, not just a suspension," an emotional Solo continues.
When her husband, Jerramy Stevens, a former NFL player, asks, "How can they do both?" She replies, "It's both. Seventeen f---- years and it's over!"
Solo has been the top keeper in the league for years, but she is starting to get up there in age - she'll be 38 when the next World Cup happens in 2019. There is a lot of young talent in the background, including Orlando Pride keeper Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher of the Chicago Red Stars.
Solo has had to face backlash from her teammates as well. Rapinoe openly spoke out against Solo's reaction, and Pride forward Alex Morgan also made a statement last week to the Orlando Sentinel, saying: "The players don’t control any of the consequences that happen, that are enforced by U.S. Soccer. So, it’s a bummer that happened to one of my teammates, but at the same time I don’t agree with the things that she said in the Olympics.”
Pride coach Tom Sermanni, who is familiar with Solo, commented as well: "I thought it was probably a little bit clumsy, is what I'll call it," Sermanni said. "I think it's getting players in the heat of the moment, right after the game, where you've just lost a critical game. So, players are emotional at that time and they're liable to come out and say something a little bit untoward. And then there are certain players who are a bit more outspoken than others, and obviously Hope's one of those. So, when you put all of that together, you're likely to get an explosive remark and that's what's happened."
The U.S. Soccer association made it clear in their statement that Solo's suspension wasn't solely due to her words after the Olympic loss, but rather a culmination of all of her action.
Earlier this week, Solo's National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign, announced Solo has taken an indefinite leave.