Suspended US goalkeeper Hope Solo released a short statement today, revealing that she expects not to play again for the Seattle Reign this season. “After careful consideration,” the statement read, “I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for. Mentally, I am not there yet.”
The statement comes on the heels of the release this morning of a teaser video for an upcoming USWNT documentary that includes Solo’s reaction in the immediate aftermath of the suspension:
Given her suspension from the US, likely end of her status as an allocated player, and reports that she and husband Jerramy Stevens are moving from Seattle to North Carolina, it’s entirely likely that we’ve seen the end of Solo’s goalkeeping career. That it would come so swiftly and acrimoniously is not a shock, given Solo’s history of conflict and controversy, but it would hardly be a fitting ending to the career of the greatest women’s goalkeeper in the history of the sport.
If this is indeed the end, she finishes her US career with 152 wins and 102 shutouts -- standards that may well never be met again.
The Reign, for their part, are in good hands with Haley Kopmeyer, who has flourished (and often excelled) in her role as a frequent fill-in for Solo over the last two years. The team signed Andi Tostanoski to a contract last week and it now looks like she’ll be Kopmeyer’s backup for the remainder of the season.