Former United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said that she will be entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program and has requested that her induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be postponed until 2023.
Solo, 40, was arrested last month after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in North Carolina with her two-year-old twin sons inside.
“I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023,” Solo said in a statement. “I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol.
“At this time, my energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing and taking care of my family. I want to the thank the Hall of Fame for their support and for understanding my decision.”
The Hall of Fame issued a statement on Friday saying: “Legendary USWNT goalkeeper and 2022 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Hope Solo has chosen to defer her induction until 2023. The NSHOF fully supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her historic achievements at next year’s induction ceremony.”
Solo was arrested on 31 March in a shopping centre parking lot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired, resisting a public officer and misdemeanor child abuse, according to a police report. She was released from jail and has a court date of 28 June, the report indicated.
According to an arrest warrant, a passerby noticed Solo passed out behind the steering wheel for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and the two children in the backseat.
A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant said that Solo refused a field sobriety test, triggering an automatic one-year suspension of her license.
Solo’s illustrious but often turbulent career with the national team ended after she was dismissed from the national team following a quarter-final loss at 2016 Olympics in Brazil, then called the Swedish team “cowards” for taking a defensive stance during the match. Earlier in her career, she was benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan’s decision to start Briana Scurry against Brazil during the 2007 World Cup, comments many saw as a slight against Scurry.
Controversy was never far behind Solo off the pitch as well. She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and husband Jerramy Stevens were pulled over in a US Soccer-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI. She was also involved in an altercation with family members in 2014 that resulted in Solo’s arrest, although charges in that case were eventually dropped.
Solo made 202 appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. She won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals with the team.
During the 2015 World Cup championship run, she allowed just three goals in seven games with five shutouts.
She was elected to the Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony was set for 21 May, but Solo will instead wait until next year.
Solo married Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2012. The couple have twins, Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, born on 4 March 2020.