Hope Solo's stunned, tearful reaction immediately after receiving the news that her storied career is possibly finished
No matter how you feel about Hope Solo‘s recent six-month suspension from U.S. Women’s Soccer, it’s difficult not to be moved by the footage showing her stunned, tearful reaction immediately after receiving the news that her storied career is possibly finished.
A camera crew from the documentary series was on hand at a Seattle hotel to capture Solo’s reaction after her Aug. 24 meeting with United States Coach Jill Ellis and the federation’s chief executive, Dan Flynn. The decision to discipline Solo came after she called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” after they eliminated the United States in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics.
“Six months suspension,” Solo says as she hugs her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, in a nearby hotel conference room. “No pay. Terminated contract. Effective immediately.”
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Solo, widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, then turns from her husband and glares at the camera, pounds her hand on a table and says: “Terminated contract. Not just a suspension.”
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said the comments Solo made after the loss to Sweden were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.”
And while many applauded the decision, some have questioned whether Solo, who has been crusading for better pay for female players, was punished more harshly than a male player would have been.
Three days after she learned of her suspension, the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, announced that Solo had been “granted a personal leave” before the team faced off against the Portland Thorns.
The Keeping Score series consists of six episodes that document Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunne’s journeys before, at and after the Summer Games through self-shot footage, along crew cameras.
This last episode in the series, dealing with Solo’s suspension, will air September 2.