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U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo listens to her attorney Todd Maybrown in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in suburban Seattle. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, listens to attorney Todd Maybrown outside Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo was scheduled to appear in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, walks out of Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo appeared in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, walks into Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo appeared in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jerramy Stevens, right, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, walks out of Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. with Todd Maybrown, Solo's attorney. Solo appeared in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo listens to her attorney Todd Maybrown in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in suburban Seattle. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)
Shauna McBride, director of communications for the Seattle Reign FC women's soccer team, walks into Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Reign FC and U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo appeared in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, sits outside Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. Solo was scheduled to appear in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jerramy Stevens, left, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, sits outside Kirkland Municipal Court Monday, June 23, 2014, in Kirkland, Wash. with Shauna McBride, right, director of communications for the Seattle Reign FC women's soccer team. Solo was scheduled to appear in court in connection with her arrest for domestic violence Saturday in Kirkland, where she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
United States' Abby Wambach (20) hands the trophy to goalkeeper Hope Solo, center, after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women's soccer match against Australia in San Antonio. Police say Solo has been arrested early Saturday, June 21, 2014, at a suburban Seattle home for assaulting her sister and nephew. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) catches the ball during the second half of a women's friendly soccer match against France Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
U.S. goal keeper Hope Solo kicks during an international friendly soccer match between China and the U.S. in Commerce City, Colo., on Sunday, April 6, 2014. U.S. beat China 2-0. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1, back) makes a save over goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (24) during warmups before a women's friendly soccer match against France Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
U.S. goal keeper Hope Solo looks on during an international friendly soccer match between China and the U.S. in Commerce City, Colo., on Sunday, April 6, 2014. U.S. beat China 2-0. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
USA goalkeeper Hope Solo clears the ball in the first half of an exhibition soccer match against Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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TAMPA, FL - JUNE 14: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States defends against a shot by forward Laetitia Tonazzi #11 of France during the second half of a women's friendly soccer match on June 14, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JUNE 14: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States controls the ball during the second half of a women's friendly soccer match against France on June 14, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 13: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States warms up prior to facing Russia at Georgia Dome on February 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 13: Goalie Hope Solo #1 of the United States Women's National Soccer Team makes a save during warmups before the game against Russia at the Georgia Dome on February 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - JANUARY 31: Hope Solo #1 of the U.S. Women's National Team looks on against the Canadian Women's National Team on January 31, 2014 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - FEBRUARY 08: Hope Solo #1 of the United States warms up prior to playing against Russia at FAU Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida. The United States defeated Russia 7-0. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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By Anne M. Peterson

U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo has apologized to her fans via social media following her arrest for domestic violence last weekend.

Solo, who also plays for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, posted her apology on her Facebook page and also posted a link to the statement on her official Twitter account.

"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," she said. "Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different."

Solo pleaded not guilty plea to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence Monday in a Kirkland, Washington, court and was released without bail.

She is accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew at her sister's home in suburban Seattle early Saturday. Her lawyer claims the goalkeeper was a victim in the altercation.

"I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct," Solo said. "I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed."

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Solo's 17-year-old nephew told police she was upset and appeared to have been drinking when she arrived at a family gathering. She and her nephew got into a fistfight after arguing about his acting aspirations and she called him fat and crazy, according to court documents. When the boy's mother tried to break up the confrontation, Solo punched her in the face, the documents said.

The nephew broke a broom over Solo's head and the teen pointed a broken BB gun at her and tried to get her to leave, the documents said.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," her attorney, Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."

Solo married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in 2012. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving Solo, but he was not charged. Maybrown represented Stevens in that case.

Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

On Thursday she posted a photo of herself with Stevens and two others holding an American flag to cheer on the U.S. men's team in the World Cup.

The 32-year-old Solo has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. women's national team.

In her last appearance for the U.S., Solo had her 71st career shutout, a 1-0 victory over France on June 14 in Tampa, Florida.

She did not appear in the team's second match against France last week in East Hartford, Connecticut. Ashlyn Harris started in Solo's place for the 2-2 draw.

The U.S. women's team does not have any additional matches planned at this time before October's CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

"I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team," she said in her statement.

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