Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Comments Say It All


U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said on Monday it's possible that goalkeeper Hope Solo will not be on the team for this summer's 2015 Women's World Cup.

Last week, the 33-year-old keeper was suspended by U.S. Soccer for 30 days after her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was pulled over for DUI while driving the team van. Solo was a passenger in the vehicle.

The incident came just one week after a Seattle judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Solo. ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of ESPNW.

Kicking Back Comments:
This is a good article and comments from Julie Foudy. While the other day I was critical of Fagan for her "complex" comments regarding Solo, this article had no such bias.

I support the tack that US Soccer is taking, Solo has certainly earned the "right of redemption" given her service. I do hope however, this is it, no more nonsense from Solo or our she goes.

In reading the comments from the article, I am clearly not alone in my thinking that she should not be representing US Soccer if she can't act the part off the field.

Just as a brief comparison, Jose Carlos Rivero was the MLS referee arrested on multiple felony counts of fraud. He continued to referee matches until PRO found out about it, at which time he was suspended immediately. I was then, and remain still, of the opinion he should lose his refereeing job forever when discussing the matter earlier. Lets face it though, MLS referees are far more fungible than WNT goalkeepers ... and don't make US Soccer any money. That said, the punishment for bringing the game into disrepute should be exactly the same no matter what your role is in The Game.

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