• Soccer federation wants to talk to Hope Solo about domestic violence arrest

    By: Chris Legeros


    SEATTLE - The U.S. Soccer Federation now wants to talk to Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo, after her arrest for domestic violence in Kirkland.  

    The president of the federation, Sunil Gulati, made that announcement while attending the World Cup in Brazil.  He said the federation plans to speak with Solo and her representatives in the next 24 hours.

    Kirkland police said Solo was intoxicated early Saturday when she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew.  

    It’s unclear what that means for her soccer career.  

    KIRO 7 tried contacting the public relations people for both the federation and the Seattle Reign.  Messages were not returned. Solo’s attorney, Todd Maybrown, didn’t return a call, either.  

    There is a paragraph in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s bylaws that caught our attention.  

    It reads, "The Board of Directors may suspend, fine, or terminate (or any combination thereof) the membership of any Member of the Federation if the Board determines that the conduct of the Member is adverse to the best interests of soccer or the Federation."  

    The federation’s board may act only after a hearing.  

    Solo would have to be given a reasonable opportunity to present evidence in support of her position.  

    Her position so far has been that she's not guilty.  

    Maybrown has said she was a victim in the altercation.  

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