“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.”
“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a US National Team member, US Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”
“I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even if I haven’t made the right choices or said the right things.”
“My entire career I have only wanted the best for this team, for the players and for the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.”
Despite defeat in Rio, Solo is a two-time Olympic champion, having picked up gold at the 2008 and 2012 Games in Beijing and London respectively.
She is also a World Cup winner, keeping goal for the USNWT during its successful 2015 campaign in Canada, and holds the USWNT record for most shutouts.
However, controversy has not been uncommon over the course of her career.
Fans at the Rio Olympics booed her after she posted pictures of herself on social media wearing a mosquito net alongside the words “#zikaproof” back in July.
Speaking to CNN in 2013, Solo spoke about perceptions of public image. “I have a bad rap,” she said. “People look at me as selfish, outspoken. But I know who I am.”
The latest sporting suspension will not prevent Solo representing her Seattle Reign club side over the coming months.