Goalkeeper Hope Solo reinstated to USWNT after serving suspension
U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo was reinstated on Saturday after serving a 30-day suspension. Solo was named to the 25-player roster for the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal.
The suspension was levied in late January, after Solo's husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in an official U.S. Soccer van. Solo, 33, was in the car at the time, though she was not arrested or detained.
The suspension followed several incidents, including the DUI. In June, the goalkeeper was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly hitting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. A judge dismissed the domestic abuse charges in January.
The U.S. played friendlies against France and England during Solo's 30-day absence. Backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris started both games, a 2-0 defeat to France and a 1-0 victory over England.
The team's next game is on March 4 against Norway.
Solo, who has 159 caps with the U.S. women's national team, is expected to be the team's goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup in Canada. She broke the record for career shutouts by a female American goalkeeper last September.
The roster for the Algarve Cup, which runs from March 4-11, features 22 of the 24 players who traveled to Europe for the matches against England and France.
Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Megan Rapinoe will return to action after missing those games with injuries. The U.S. will face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in Group B.
The full roster is listed below:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
- Stanley Kay and Chris Johnson