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Former United States women’s national
team goalkeeper Hope Solo pleaded guilty to driving while impaired
and surrendered her driver’s license Monday in North Carolina.
Michael Hewlett of the Winston-Salem
Journal reported Solo, who in March was found passed out behind the
wheel of a vehicle with her two children in the back seat, had two
other charges voluntarily dismissed: misdemeanor child abuse and
resisting a public officer.
Solo received a suspended sentence of
24 months in prison and an active sentence of 30 days, which was
credited as time served based on her time at an in-patient
rehabilitation facility, per Hewlett. Her sentence also included
$3,100 in fines and fees.
The 40-year-old Washington native must
go through a substance abuse assessment and complete the recommended
treatment to satisfy the requirements of the sentence.
Solo posted a statement, saying she’d “underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had
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She also thanked those who supported
her throughout the situation.
“I continue to be a student of the
greatest school called life and I will continue to learn and grow
from these experiences,” Solo wrote. “I will continue to gain
empathy, knowledge and stories to share.”
In April, Solo requested her induction
into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be delayed until 2023. The NSHOF accepted the request, saying it “fully
supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her
historic achievements at next year’s induction ceremony.”
Solo made 202 appearances for the USWNT
between 2000 and 2016. She helped the national team win two Olympic
gold medals (2008 and 2012) and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World
Cup along with numerous other tournaments. She won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2011 and
2015 World Cups.
She also played club soccer in the U.S., Sweden and France.