Hope Solo reacts angrily to news of suspension

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U.S. Soccer suspends Hope Solo

The writing was on the wall. At 35 years of age, Hope Solo's career as the starting goalie for the U.S. Women's National team was likely coming to an end before the 2019 World Cup. Making incendiary comments about Sweden's strategy following an Olympic loss earned Solo a six-month suspension from the team, but more importantly, resulted in the termination of her contract.

Talk about a blind side. As you might expect, the fiery goalie did not take her punishment quietly. The following video comes from a teaser from Keeping Score, a six-part documentary series coming from Fullscreen that will air on September 2.

"Six-month suspension. No pay. Terminated contract, effective immediately. Terminated contract. Not just a suspension. It's bull. ... Seventeen f—— years, and it's over," Solo says to husband Jerramy Stevens.

The termination marks an unceremonious end to the career of the United States' most accomplished goalkeeper of all time. Hope Solo is the all-time leader in goalie caps (202), wins (152) and shutouts (102). She has played every minute in goal for the U.S. at the last three Olympics and two World Cups. With Solo in net, the USWNT has claimed a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals.

Sadly, the expletive-filled reaction to her suspension is indicative of the problems Solo has always faced in her career. She has faced domestic abuse charges, been involved in a drunk driving incident with her husband, while also coming under fire for other remarks best left unsaid throughout her career.

It's a sad end to Solo's career, and her response to being terminated without expecting it is difficult to watch. No athlete wants to go out this way. The tearful Solo's remarks may not have warranted a termination or suspension, but the punishment is the result of years of built-up tension between the goalie and U.S. Soccer. It's been hard to defend her continuously throughout her 17 years, and the camel's back was finally broken with the last straw in Rio. It's not a dignified end for Hope Solo, but she laid the groundwork for it her entire career.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Quarterfinal - Women's Football Tournament Quarterfinal - Mane Garrincha Stadium - Brasilia, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Stina Blackstenius (SWE) of Sweden (not pictured) scores a goal past goalie Hope Solo (USA) of USA. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Preliminary - Women's First Round - Group G USA v France - Mineirao - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Hope Solo (USA) of U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Preliminary - Women's First Round - Group G USA v France - Mineirao - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - 06/08/2016. (L-R) Allie Long, Hope Solo and Carie Lloyd (USA) of U.S. listen to national anthem. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Quarterfinal - Women's Football Tournament Quarterfinal - Mane Garrincha Stadium - Brasilia, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Goalie Hope Solo (USA) of USA reacts during the game. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Women's Practice - Group G - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - 02/08/2016. Hope Solo (USA) of the United States trains. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Soccer player Hope Solo arrives for the "Glamour Women of the Year Awards" in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Goalkeeper Hope Solo arrives with other members of the United States Women's National Soccer team for an event hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama to honor their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the White House in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Oct 21, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) kicks the ball out during a game against Brazil during the first half at Century Link Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN;United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) dives but cannot stop an own goal score by United States defender Julie Johnston against Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium. Looking on are United States defender Meghan Klingenberg (22) and defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4). The United States won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Hope Solo, goalkeeper of United States Womens National Team, walks on stage with the rest of her teammates as the 2015 World Cup winning team is honored during the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) warms up prior to the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup against Japan at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2015; Vancouver, BC, CAN; United States goalkeeper Hope Solo smiles during a training session for the 2015 Women's World Cup at B.C. Place. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports
MANAUS, AMAZONAS - AUGUST 09: Hope Solo #1 of United States prepares for their game against Colombia in the Women's Football First Round Group G match on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Amazonia Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bruno Zanardo/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of United States is seen before playing against Sweden during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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