Hope Solo to object to U.S. Soccer equal pay deal
Goalkeeper will not take part in next World Cup
United States head coach Bob Bradley during a training session at the White House on Wednesday, September 22, 2012, in Washington.
Photo by Jonathan Ernst
Goalkeeper Hope Solo has decided to not take part in the next major international competition, according to reports out of the U.S. Soccer federation.
“On Friday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the decision regarding Hope Solo,” ESPN.com’s Grant Wahl tweeted on Thursday night. “Solo has decided that she won’t be playing for the U.S. at the upcoming (2014) World Cup in Brazil.”
The 25-year-old Solo, who is the reigning Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup champion, has had an extensive career as a goalkeeper and has been named the U.S. goalkeeper for the last seven World Cups.
“I would love to be able to go to Brazil (2014) and play in the World Cup and be a part of that because I know how special this game is and how important it is. I think I have the chops,” she told Yahoo! Sports.
But after deciding not to participate in the forthcoming World Cup, Solo will be unable to play in the upcoming Concacaf Champions League, the first level of competition in South America, as she is currently serving a two-year ban for her doping positive during the US women’s national team’s 2013 and 2014 tournaments. On June 15, 2013, Solo received two life bans after her failed test.
“I am very sorry and I apologize to my teammates,” she said. “I am very sorry to the federation, the team, the organization, the people and the fans.”