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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
AP SPORTS WRITER

U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges.

Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Washington state stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering.

She has pleaded not guilty and the case is scheduled for trial on Nov. 4. She faces up to six months in jail if convicted.

Solo, who has been with the national team since 2000 and recently set the team record for most career shutouts, continued to play for the United States in exhibition matches and with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign, following her arrest.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Monday the organization will let her play until the legal matter is settled.

"U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo's status with the national team," Gulati said in a statement. "Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available we will carefully consider it."

Gulati's statement comes after U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said he was disturbed by the charges against Solo. But in a statement to USA Today he did not say whether he believes she should face disciplinary action, such as suspension, before the matter plays out in court.

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"The allegations involving Ms. Solo are disturbing and are inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians," Blackmun said. " We have had discussions with U.S. Soccer and fully expect them to take action if it is determined that the allegations are true."

Solo is expected to start in goal for the U.S. women when the team plays next month in the CONCACAF championship, which will be played in four U.S. cities with the final scheduled for Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Pennsylvania. The event serves as a qualifying event for next summer's Women's World Cup in Canada.

According to the court documents in the abuse case, Solo's 17-year-old nephew told police Solo was upset and appeared to have been drinking when she arrived at a family gathering. Following an argument, she and her nephew got into a fistfight, 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 report also said that the nephew broke a broom over Solo's head and pointed a broken BB gun at her to try to get her to leave.

Solo was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," her attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The AP following her arrest. "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 also represented Stevens in that case.

Solo issued an apology following her arrest via social media.

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

In an exhibition match against Mexico in Sandy, Utah, earlier this month, Solo recorded her 72nd career shutout in an 8-0 U.S. victory. She passed Briana Scurry (1994-2008) on the career list.

Solo, 32, has played in 154 international matches and was with the U.S. team that won gold medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.

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