For my money, Hope Solo is the best goalkeeper in the history of the United States Women’s National Team. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that she’s the best goalkeeper in the history of the women’s game. Hope is a very important cog as the USWNT try and win the World Cup next summer in Canada. However, she is also facing two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence after she allegedly assaulted her sister and teenage nephew back in the summer.
It’s time for Sunil Gulati and the rest of US Soccer to take a stand and bar Hope Solo indefinitely from all USWNT activities.
“I spoke with Hope last week. I think her comments, which she put on her Facebook page and other places, reflect how she feels about the whole situation. I think her apology was appropriate and appreciated certainly by us. I think the rest we’re have to wait and see what happens with the legal process. Hope certainly understands that it’s not a right to play for the national team, it’s a privilege, and certain responsibilities come with that. And we would much prefer to have her in the news for great goalkeeping performances than anything else. We had a good conversation.”
That’s really fine and well, Sunil, but you need to take a page from the NFL here. Yes, obviously the NFL hasn’t been a bastion of genius decisions over the last few months (or, basically, ever) on the topic of domestic violence; however, I believe that getting these players off of the field is an important symbol. While the media scrutiny on Solo simply won’t be there due to her being a soccer player, it should be there. She is currently alleged to have assaulted a minor, Sunil!
Solo should’ve been handed her sentence immediately following the allegations, but here we are roughly three months later. She’s still on the field. She’s out there breaking records. She’s out there being a sham role model.
Take her off the field for the World Cup Qualifiers, Sunil.
Take a stand.