Hope Solo done with Reign for 2016

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Reign supporters send a message that Hope Solo is not alone.

It’s been a very tough time for Hope Solo in recent days. Today she told Seattle Reign that she would not be back this season. Read the club press release below:

SEATTLE, WA–– (Reign release) Goalkeeper Hope Solo has informed Seattle Reign FC that she will forgo playing for the club for the remainder of the 2016 season.

“Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. Women’s National Team after 17 years of service has been devastating. After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for,” said Solo. “Mentally, I am not there yet. After watching the team’s win against Portland this weekend and seeing Haley Kopmeyer playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what’s best for me and for the Reign organization.”

“While disappointed that Hope will not return to Reign FC this season, we understand and respect her decision,” said Reign FC head coach and GM Laura Harvey. “Hope has always wanted what is best for our team – she is a relentless trainer, a fierce competitor and demands from herself nothing less than excellence on the pitch.”

Solo was allocated to Reign FC in 2013 prior to its inaugural season in the NWSL. Over the past four seasons Solo has made 50 starts and was an integral part of Seattle’s back-to-back NWSL Shield winning teams in 2014 and 2015, during which the club registered 29 wins, 9 draws and only 5 losses, with a goal differential of +50 over the two seasons.

Today Solo’s career took another down turn with the publishing of a short video clip of her reaction to having her US Soccer contract terminated. Comment sections around the  internet have been brutal/

It’s just the latest in a career full of bad decisions, tough press and personal turmoil. But we do have to ask — is she being singled out because she’s female? 

It’s possible to hold Solo accountable for her many poor choices and actions while at the same time wonder how this would have gone down for a US Soccer male star. No wonder then at Saturday’s Reign home match that there were fans behind her, and questioning the USSF.

The video of Solo’s emotional reaction to getting sacked? Apparently cameras were on hand for a “Keeping Score” web documentary.

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