Video has emerged of the moment goalkeeper Hope Solo found out she had been suspended for six months and her contract was terminated by the U.S. Soccer Federation for calling the Swedish team "a bunch of cowards" during the Rio Olympics.
"Six-month suspension. No pay. Terminated contract. Effective immediately," Solo said in the video as she hugged her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. "Terminated contract! Not just a suspension!"
"How can they do both?" Stevens asked in the video, filmed by Fullscreen for the documentary "Keeping Score."
"It's both," a teary-eyed Solo responded. "Seventeen [expletive] years, and it's over!"
Since then, the 35-year-old goalkeeper has announced that she is taking personal leave from the National Women's Soccer League's Seattle Reign, according to the Washington Post.
Hope Solo has been granted personal leave and will be unavailable for today's match. Andi Tostanoski has been signed as a GK replacement.— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) August 27, 2016
"Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. women's national team after 17 years of service has been devastating," Solo said in a statement to the New York Times Tuesday. "After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for. Mentally, I am not there yet."
"After watching the team's win against Portland this weekend and seeing Haley Kopmeyer playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what's best for me and for the Reign organization."
Solo has not said whether she plans to return to the goal next season.
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