The United States Soccer Federation is standing by its decision to let Hope Solo play after being charged with assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. She pleaded not guilty to fourth degree domestic assault in June and is set for a November trial, but the USSF has allowed her to play throughout the ordeal, choosing to let the legal process play out before handing down a possible punishment.
"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," USSF president Sunil Gulati said on Monday. "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."
The USSF has been under fire for their decision to allow Solo to play in the wake of the NFL's domestic violence problems. With public pressure forcing the NFL to change their policies and take a harder stance on players who commit domestic violence, even before the legal process has played out, some have wondered if the USSF should do the same.
Solo's lawyer has insisted that her client was the victim in the altercation.
One of Solo's biggest sponsors, Nike, has been at the center of the NFL's problems, but they have sided with the USSF on this issue. They will let the legal process play out and wait until they have more information.
"We are aware of the allegations and that Hope Solo has pled 'not guilty' to the charges. Hope remains a Nike athlete and we will continue to monitor the situation," a Nike statement said.
Of course, Nike is also a parter with the USSF.
With the USSF opting to let the legal process play out, Solo has been able to play in friendlies throughout the summer and set a U.S. record for career cleansheets. She will also be able to play in next month's CONCACAF Women's Championship, which doubles as qualifying for next year's Women's World Cup.