Hope Solo suspended from national team for 6 months

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 10: Goalkeeper Hope Solo of the USA in action during a match between USA and China as part of International Women’s Football Tournament of Brasilia at Mane Garrincha Stadium on December 10, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct “counter to the organization’s principles.”

The suspension is effective immediately.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday that comments Solo made after the U.S. lost to Sweden during the Rio Olympics were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.”

Solo called Sweden a “bunch of cowards” after the Swedes beat the U.S. 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament.

Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, will not be eligible for selection to the national team until February.

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