Hope Solo: How did things go so wrong??!!



the most talked-about figure in women's soccer solo is a complicated character with a checkered history in the combination of her playing ability and personal troubles have created a headache for u.s. soccer her first controversial incident came in 2007 when she spoke out furiously after being dropped for the World Cup semi-final against Brazil solo was ostracized by her teammates sent home from the tournament and widely or than any other keeper in the world I think this is the wrong decision to make though at this time going into semifinal you stay with your starting goalkeeper for more on this story here's Jaime Mota despite the fact that Hope Solo allowed only two goals against North Korea and the opener and has three consecutive shutouts coach Greg Ryan decided Brian s curry is better suited to face Brazil I keep watching Brian training every day I see what her forms like and it's fantastic I'm not happy with it not one bit but it is the coach's decision and I have to deal with it and I have to be there for my team they are going to need me they're going to need all 21 players it was the wrong decision and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that there's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves and fact of the matter is it's not 2,401 it's not 2004 and it's 2007 and I think you have to you have to live in the present and you can't live by big names you can't live in the past it doesn't matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold medal game in the Olympics three years ago now is what matters by the time of the 2008 Olympics she was back and helped the team to a gold medal for a while at least her career was running smoothly after starring the 2011 World Cup she was a media darling appearances at award shows red-carpet events photoshoots and even a stint on Dancing with the Stars Solar had become the face of u.s. women's soccer in 2012 so a married former NFL player Jeremy Stephens just a day after Stephens had been arrested following an altercation that left solo injured Stephens was later released assault apparently she uh assaulted her half-sister and also her 17 year old nephew when authorities were called on the scene they said that she seemed to be intoxicated and that the victims had visible injuries okay so doesn't seem like it was a little thing it seems like it's a pretty big deal but even though she's facing criminal charges for what happened let's keep it real you know we do have the justice system going after her the it turns out the u.s. soccer team that she plays for is not really that concerned about any type of consequences for her so they did release a statement let me read that to you they said the following we are aware that hope is handling a personal situation at the moment at the same time she has an opportunity to set a significant record that speaks to her hard work and dedication over the years with the national team while considering all factors involved we believe that we should recognize that in the proper way so they basically said right there that hey you know what she's one of our key players we can't mess with that time with two Olympic gold medals and a record seventy eight career shutouts Hope Solo is arguably one of the best athletes in the world but last June her career almost came to a halt at a family gathering she was charged with domestic violence assault accused by her nephew of punching and tackling him solo pleaded not guilty and was released pending trial eight months later the case was dismissed I can only imagine what it had to be I'd like for you for those eight months and hearing those things that were said you were not able to say what happened that summer night are you able down still very difficult to talk about what took place at night so I'm not I'm not going to go into all of the details I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of a my 17 year old nephew who is six foot nine 280 pounds um I was struck over the head and concussed pretty severely it was a very scary night you were not suspended by US soccer and many people felt that in light of what was going on in the NFL with violence and assault and players were being suspended that you were not and how do you respond to those critics who say hey wait a minute is that fair all of us in my opinion have a fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty I know US soccer took a lot of heat but I am very grateful that they let due process play itself out but then just one week after being exonerated for assault charges solo was in the headlines again her husband former Seattle Seahawk Jeremy Stevens was arrested for driving under the influence he was driving a US soccer team van hope was in the vehicle this time US Soccer suspended solo for 30 days what in the world were you thinking well clearly I wasn't thinking it was horrible choice I think I just wasn't in a good place emotionally to to even make good decisions I mean it's not an excuse but I just it was stupid we should call the taxi I could only imagine hope that you must be on a roller coaster of emotions I decide I'm working through those emotions you know I was filled with anger and I'm finally able to sit down talk to somebody about what I've been going through at the very trim attic events over the last year and just being able to speak to somebody has been really beneficial for me you know I can cry it out I can try to understand it it's been healthy for me to just talk it up and to deal with my emotions instead of just tucking them away if anyone in the village forgets to pack repellant come and see me she wrote COBOL so shared this photo wearing a bandana and an anti mosquito bonnet while holding a huge bottle of repellant you we played a bunch of cowards but you know the best team did not win today I strongly I don't think they're gonna make it far in the tournament I think it was very cowardly but they won their Mouton and we're going home solo didn't hold back in her criticism of former US national team coach Pia soon to August tactics giving them credit for the win but voicing her displeasure in the way they did it I think that's part of the tactical side of things and he is somewhat of a tactician they could only really score on the opportunity for a long ball or on set-pieces so I guess you can say it's smart

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