Talk about injury to insult. United States and Atlanta Beat (of Women's Professional Soccer) goalkeeper Hope Solo has been through a lot this past week.
In that short time, Solo has sounded off about her thoughts that officials were fixing games; she was subsequently reprimanded for her comments; and now on Friday it has been announced she'll be out five to six months.
It all started last Saturday after her Beat club fell victim to the Washington Freedom 1-0 in Maryland. Solo logged onto her Twitter account and voiced her thoughts.
"Its official, the refs are straight bad. It's clear the league wanted DC in playoffs. I have truly never seen anything like this. It's sad," Solo tweeted.
In that match, Atlanta had a goal called back "with no explanation" while DC seemed to be getting all the breaks, according to Solo. It was so bad, she stated, "I am done playing in a league where the game is no longer in control of the players."
For a full account of what she said, check out her Twitter @HopeSolo.
In response to her reaction, the WPS Disciplinary Committee fined her $2,500 while suspending her one league game and giving her eight hours of community service. Solo has the right to appeal that suspension.
Now with the season behind her, Solo's main focus was helping her United States team qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011. However, Solo won't be able to help.
On Thursday, United States Soccer announced that Solo will undergo surgery on her right shoulder on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Birmingham, Ala. The surgery will be conducted by Dr. James Andrews.
“These next two years are huge for the national team with the World Cup and Olympics on the horizon and I wanted to make sure that I would be giving my team and my country my best on the field,” Solo stated.
Rehabilitation of the shoulder will take a minimum of five months, but no longer than six, barring any setbacks.
"I know I’m in the best hands and I plan on working diligently on my rehab to get back to 100 percent," said Solo. "In the meantime, I know my teammates will get us to the World Cup and I can’t wait to join them next spring.”
Solo is the second-most capped keeper in U.S. women's soccer history, recording 91 caps. In six games this year, Solo is 6-0 with just two goals against.
In Solo's absence, Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (Chicago Red Stars) and Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers) are left as Pia Sundhage's options to guide them through CONCACAF qualifying which will be held in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 9.
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