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US coach admits Hope Solo had to step down after poor decision

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USA women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo's participation in the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer is in doubt after she was suspended from international football for 30 days.

Hope Solo has made global attention again after TMZ Sports revealed that the star goalkeeper was almost arrested following her husband (former NFL tight end) Jerramy Stevens' arrest for drink driving.

During Stevens' arrest, Solo is reported to have pulled out her cell phone and recorded police as they arrested her husband. Solo is accused of "acting belligerent," reports say.

Deserves to be punished

The US national team's top brass didn't wait long to punish Solo, with head coach Jill Ellis asserting that Solo made an error of judgement that needed to be punished swiftly. It seems that the vehicle that Stevens was arrested in was the US team bus, and this is one of the reasons why the team are so disappointed in Solo. 

"During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on US Soccer and her team-mates," Ellis explained, FIFA.com reported. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."

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The suspension does not rule her out of the Women's World Cup but it means she will miss key warm-up games against France and England, with US women's team coach Jill Ellis set to make key decisions about her squad for the World Cup during those games.

Still likely to return 

It remains to be seen whether the superstar goalkeeper is given another chance with the national team after the 30-day suspension.

The likely outcome is that Solo is fully reinstated to the team once the 30-day suspension is over. The goalkeeper has been one of the key components of the US women's team over the last few years, playing every minute of the American's gold medal triumph at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Solo also won the Golden Glove for her performances in the 2011 Women's World Cup and it's highly likely that she will still play a key role in the summer as well.

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