The U.S. Soccer Federation has reinstated goalkeeper Hope Solo, clearing her to join the women’s national team for the Algarve Cup in Portugal and resume her quest to play in the World Cup this summer. She was among 25 players named to the squad Saturday.
Solo, 33, served a 30-day suspension for an incident at U.S. training camp in Southern California, a ban that sidelined her for friendlies against France and England. In order to return to the squad, Solo had to meet conditions set by the USSF and Coach Jill Ellis. Those conditions were not publicly specified, but alcohol counseling was suspected.
Last summer, Solo was ordered to refrain from drinking alcohol after her arrest on domestic violence charges in Washington state. At training camp last month, she was a passenger in a USSF vehicle driven by husband Jerramy Stevens, who was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. At the time, USSF President Sunil Gulati said he could not go into detail about Solo’s problems because it involved “health-related issues.”
Neither Ellis nor the USSF offered any comments Saturday about her reinstatement.
In a 14-year international career, Solo has made 162 appearances (second behind Briana Scurry) and recorded a program-record 78 shutouts. She was the featured goalkeeper during Olympic gold medal campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and started at the 2011 World Cup in Germany. For several years, she and Germany’s Nadine Angerer have been widely regarded as the best keepers in the world.
The Algarve Cup, a 12-nation tournament featuring nine World Cup-bound teams, will begin March 4. The Americans, ranked second in the world behind Germany, will face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play.
In Solo’s absence, Ashlyn Harris, a 29-year-old Florida native who plays for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, started in a 2-0 defeat to France and a 1-0 victory at England, increasing her career starts to six.
In the coming week, Ellis will name 23 of the 25 players to the official tournament roster.
U.S. Algarve Cup roster
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign).
Defenders: 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).
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).
Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash).