U.S. Women's National Soccer Team goalie Hope Solo said she's in a "happier place" now in the run-up to Saturday's exhibition match against New Zealand, according to the Associated Press.
"I feel better, I feel a little bit lighter, like a weight's been taken off my shoulders," Solo told AP.
Forward Abby Wambach characterized Solo, who returned recently from being suspended from the team, as having "her eyes wide open and with her heart full of passion and excitement for the game."
The team is training for the Women's World Cup this June in Canada.
In June of 2014, Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault against two members of her extended family. In January, the charges were dropped. Solo claimed she was not attacking her half-sister and nephew but instead acting in self-defense.
Earlier this year, Solo's husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor DUI in the Los Angeles-area while driving a U.S. national soccer team van.
On Jan. 21, Solo was suspended from the women's national team for 30 days for an unspecified incident that occurred during training camp.
- Will Green