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Seattle Reign prepare for 2017 without Hope Solo

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The goalkeeper's playing status is up in the air, but Harvey will always have a spot for her.

Right now, in addition to getting ready for the 2017 college draft, Seattle Reign FC’s General Manager and Head Coach Laura Harvey is preparing for the upcoming season as if she’ll be without Hope Solo in goal.

The confirmation comes from Equalizer Soccer’s Dan Lauletta, who also notes that Harvey said “Solo can play for the club as long as she wants.”

As of right now, U.S. Soccer has made no statement — either publicly or to the Reign — about Hope Solo’s potential allocation for the 2017 season. She is officially done with her suspension in February. Solo has said that she has not ruled out playing for the USWNT in the future, but made no comment on playing for Seattle.

Another factor to consider is Solo is coming off of major shoulder surgery, and it's unknown where she is in the rehabilitation process, much less a timetable for full recovery.

The signs of Solo’s potential 2017 departure appeared in early January, when the Reign signed goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel as backup to Haley Kopmeyer, who is presumed to be the starter if Solo doesn’t return or needs more time to rehab her shoulder.

With her deep ties to Seattle and her relationship with Laura Harvey, it would not be surprising if Solo wanted to play another season for the Reign. On the other hand, North Carolina — the very same place Hope Solo just moved to — became the relocated home of the Western New York Flash.