Hope Solo should be back in the United States team by Saturday and on their flight to Portugal for the Algarve Cup on Sunday. According to ESPNW, Solo is expected to be reinstated by the team when her 30-day suspension runs out this weekend, clearing the way for her return to the team.
When Solo was suspended, U.S. Soccer said that she would not be automatically reinstated at the end of the month. Instead, they had laid out a series of conditions for her reinstatement. According to the report, she met those conditions and her reinstatement is only pending a meeting with U.S. manager Jill Ellis and other team officials.
Solo's suspension stems from a January 21 incident in which her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was pulled over for DUI. Solo was in the passenger's seat at the time of the arrest and, according to reports, was belligerent with police officers. Moreover, Stevens was driving a U.S. Soccer team van at the time, while Solo was out at 2 a.m. during training camp.
After the suspension, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati floated the possibility that Solo may not be reinstated to the team before the Women's World Cup this summer. He said that she had to meet their conditions and it was possible she wouldn't.
Now the question is whether Solo can stay out of trouble. While she has never been the most squeaky clean of athletes, she was dependable enough to know that she would be in camp and on the team for matches. However, the DUI incident with her husband came right after she had domestic abuse charges dropped against her, making it two relatively serious issues back-to-back. With the World Cup looming, the U.S. needs to know she can stay out of trouble and be their goalkeeper at their most important tournament.
Solo's suspension already cost her friendlies against France and England, which Ashlyn Harris started. The U.S. lost to the French, but bounced back with a win over the English. Now, they turn their attention to the Algarve Cup, where Solo should play.
The Algarve Cup begins on March 4 in Portugal and will see the U.S. play four matches. They will then play an April friendly, as well as three more in May before the World Cup starts on June 8.