Hope Solo is a member of the United States national team again. The goalkeeper has served her 30-day suspension and has been reinstated to the team for the 2015 Algarve Cup.
Solo was suspended on January 21 for what manager Jill Ellis called "a poor decision." That is the extent to which she, or anyone else with U.S. Soccer would go to in describing why Solo was suspended. But according to reports, the suspension came after Solo's husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for DUI at 2 a.m. while driving a U.S. team van with Solo in the passenger's seat. Solo was reportedly belligerent with police officers upon the arrest.
When U.S. Soccer suspended Solo, they said that she would not automatically be reinstated after the 30 days. Instead, they had laid out some conditions for her reinstatement and Solo would have to meet them in the ensuing month if she wanted to rejoin the team. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati even said that it was possible she would not be reinstated and play in the World Cup, highlighting the seriousness of the situation.
With Solo's reinstatement today, it's fair to assume she met whatever conditions the team and federation had for her. Now she is a member of the team again.
Solo missed friendlies against France and England. The Americans lost to the French, but beat the English with Ashlyn Harris in goal.
The U.S. will play their first Algarve Cup match on March 4, when they play Norway. It will be followed by two more group stage matches, then a placement match so it will be a four-match tournament in Portugal. The team leaves for Portugal on February 22.
It's unclear exactly what role Solo will step into with the team. She may regain her starting spot immediately or she may have to work her way back up the depth chart. It's also possible that she is the starter, but that Harris gets more time in matches than she had before so she is ready in case there is another incident with Solo. To this point, Ellis has not commented on where Solo stands with the team upon her reinstatement.