Hope Solo appears in court, domestic violence trial set for January
U.S. women's national team member Hope Solo appeared in court Tuesday and a Jan. 20, 2015 date was set for her trial on domestic violence charges, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Solo was arrested in June and charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault -- one against her sister and one against her 17-year-old nephew -- and has plead not guilty.
On Tuesday, a judge agreed to allow a motion for depositions of both alleged victims after Solo's attorney said that her sister and nephew have refused to cooperate with defense attorneys during the interview process. The alleged victims' attorney disputed this, saying the two are willing to to talk to Solo's attorney.
Solo has continued to play for the No. 1-ranked USWNT as her court process plays out, a decision that has led to criticism of U.S. Soccer. Former USWNT goalkeeper Jill Loyden said in October that she believes Solo should be benched.
Solo started in goal during the United States' World Cup qualifying wins in last month's CONCACAF championship. The 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada begins in June.
- Molly Geary