Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended from the U.S. women’s national team for six months, and her contract has been terminated.
The National Team suspended Solo for “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles,” according to a release.
Solo came under fire for comments she made during the Olympics in Rio. After losing to Sweden in quarterfinals, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for not pressing and dropping off near the end of the game.
“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in a release. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.
Solo tweeted she is saddened by the Federation's decision to terminate her contract,
"I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven't made the best choices or said the right things," Solo said in a tweet.
Solo’s comments were widely criticized, including a comment from Reign teammate Megan Rapinoe, who said she was “disappointed” by Solo’s remarks.
This isn't the first time the U.S. National Team has suspended Solo. The goalkeeper served a 30 day suspension in January 2015 for a training camp incident. In the week prior to the 30 day suspension, Solo's husband, former Seahawk Jerramy Stevens, had been arrested for driving under the influence, and Solo was in the passenger seat.
Solo will not be eligible to be selected by the National Team until February 2017.