January 21, 2015
By Michael Lewis
Solo must make the most important save of her career -- herself
I have two words for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo:
Hope Solo is in trouble yet again.
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As in now, and not later.
As I write this story on Wednesday night, less than an hour ago U.S. Soccer sent out a press release saying it had suspended Solo from the team for 30 days and that the ban was effective immediately.
These are the facts:
According to the release, the suspension stemmed from an incident that occurred during the current U.S. Women's national team training camp being in Carson, Calif.
In other words, Solo will miss the Americans' matches in France on Feb. 8 and in England on Feb. 13.
"During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. national coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."
U.S. Soccer did not say why Solo was suspended.
The incident came after the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Solo was in the car when Stevens was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, Calif., about 1:30 a.m. Monday for driving without headlights.
U.S. Soccer said that Solo will be eligible for reinstatement to the team after the 30-day suspension, pending review and approval by the organization and Ellis.
Listen, I don't pretend what was happening behind the scenes with Solo and what demons she may be battling, but my gut feeling tells me something is very wrong here, given what has transpired and her history.
Solo leads the U.S. soccer universe in getting into trouble.
Her case for domestic violence was recently dropped in a Washington state court. Despite the arrest last June, after an alleged fight with her half sister and nephew, Solo was allowed to continue playing for the USA during WWC qualifying.
Solo has become so unpredictable that the USWNT cannot be certain whether she will be prepared for Canada 2015 come June.
Moreover, this isn't about a player, but a person.
Right now I am more concerned about Hope Solo the person rather than Hope Solo the goalkeeper.
She needs help.
Hopefully, Hope will realize it and get it.
And that just might be the most important save of her career.