Hope Solo out 5-6 months with shoulder injury
Hope Solo, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national team, will be sidelined five to six months with a shoulder ailment that requires surgery, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Friday.
Solo will miss the World Cup qualifying tournament in Mexico, which begins Oct. 28 in Mexico (Cancun and Playa del Carmen). Even without her, the United States is heavily favored to earn one of CONCACAF's two automatic berths in the German-hosted event next summer. Gold Pride's Nicole Barnhart, the WPS goalie of the year this season, is the top candidate to start.
"I've been having some painful issues with the shoulder for a while, and for a goalkeeper, it's been difficult physically and mentally to play with this kind of an injury, so it was time to get it taken care of," Solo said. "I know I'm in the best hands [with famed surgeon James Andrews] and I plan on working diligently on my rehab to get back to 100 percent. In the meantime, I know my teammates will get us to the World Cup and I can't wait to join them next spring."
Solo was also in the news early this week for posting controversial comments on her Twitter account. WPS suspended her for one league match, fined her $2,500 and ordered her to perform community service.
September 17, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
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