Hope Solo gets Nov. 4 trial date that isn’t expected to conflict with World Cup qualifying


Hope Solo, with her husband Jerramy Stevens, appeared in court Monday. (Jordan Stead / AP)

Hope Solo, the Olympic Gold medalist and Seattle Reign goalkeeper, was given a Nov. 4 trial date Monday on charges of striking her sister and nephew in a disturbance at a Kirkland, Wash., home in June.

Solo, who has pleaded not guilty to gross-misdemeanor charges, could face up to six months in jail. She appeared in Kirkland Municipal Court with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, and declined to comment. The date is not expected to conflict with Reign matches or the October CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup.

“As expected, and as is normal in misdemeanor cases, today’s hearing was about setting a trial date,” her lawyer, Todd Maybrown, told the Seattle Times in an email. “We’re pleased that both sides, and the judge, agreed to a November date and we look forward to the opportunity for the truth about this incident to be disclosed which will clear Hope’s name.”

Maybrown has said Solo is a victim in the domestic incident. In June, she apologized in a Facebook post:

I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend. I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.

I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.

I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.

Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared.

I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women’s National Team.

If convicted, Solo could face up to six months in jail.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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