Disrespected and Denied: Hope Solo Deserves a Proper Farewell

Hope Solo has been the face of many things for the United States Women’s National Team.

She’s been the face of greatness, but also the face of controversy. Not to mention, showing steely determination on and off the pitch.

Solo is not only known for her tremendous play on the pitch, but also for her outspoken character. Never afraid to speak out against the federation, her opponents, teammates and even coaches.

Disrespected and Denied: Hope Solo Deserves a Proper Farewell

Hope Solo
Hope Solo #1 of United States prepares for their game against Colombia in the Women’s Football First Round Group G match on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Amazonia Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. – Getty Images

During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Solo bashed the Sweden Women’s National Team after they defeated the United States. Solo called their tactics and gameplan “cowardly.”

After this outburst, she was banned from the team for six months. However, once February 2017 rolled around, Solo was eligible once again. However, head coach Jill Ellis has elected not to include her on any more national team rosters.

This has also continued at her National Women’s Soccer League Club as well. Solo hasn’t featured for the Seattle Reign since her suspension either. Instead, Haley Kopmeyer has held down the fort, making 24 starts for the Reign in 2016 and 2017.

Solo doesn’t have any hard feelings toward Kopmeyer, though, telling Villa magazine:

“Well she’s the current era right? Obviously, I’m out,” Solo said. “Haley is one of the most fun players I have ever trained with. We had such a great camaraderie and I miss her every single day that I’m not there training with her. I’m proud to have trained with her and proud knowing that she learned a lot from me. She helped make my career very enjoyable. I look back with very fond memories on every moment of my Seattle team, and every moment I think of Haley.

“Haley is a very powerful and strong goalkeeper,” Solo finished. “She’s great in the air, has a great kicking game, and it’s going to continue to get better. She’s continually getting more mentally tough, and working through the growing pains, and that’s expected being a goalkeeper.”

Things Are Turning Around

Hope Solo
A fan of the United States holds up a sign for Hope Solo during the Women’s Group G first round match between the United States and New Zealand during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. – Getty Images

However, things might be turning around for Hope Solo. French outlet L’Equipe has announced that Marseille is interested in the goalkeeper.

Solo has even expressed interest in returning to the pitch, saying in an interview to Villa magazine that she doesn’t know if she’ll feature for the Reign. But she is looking at other possibilities as well.

“My wonderful coach and owners at the Seattle Reign are welcoming me back at any time, but right now it’s time for me to look at all my options whether that’s playing overseas next season or returning to my Seattle team. I’m not sure,” Solo said.

Returning to the National Team?

Solo also mentioned wanting to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, but also spoke once again on Women’s equal pay in Soccer.

“I would love to play in the 2019 World Cup, but I would never play for any employer that didn’t pay their employees equal wages,” Solo said. “At this point in my career, I have accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish from getting the Golden Glove, winning Olympic gold medals and winning the World Cup. So for me, it is more important to make sure that women are treated fairly, that there is no more inequality. The US women’s soccer team finished their new contracts, but US Soccer has been using the word “equitable” to describe the deal. Equitable and equal are not the same thing.”

Whether Solo returns to the pitch for Seattle or not, one thing is clear: she deserves a proper farewell. Shannon Boxx, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone all got their proper farewells. However, Solo has not. No doubt, she deserves better than just being ignored by Jill Ellis.

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