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Hope Solo to be honored by U.S. Soccer before national team game vs. Denmark

New York Daily News — Peter Botte New York Daily News

Jan. 11--Hope Solo apparently is back in good standing with U.S. Soccer.

The World Cup-winning goalkeeper was suspended and then had her contract terminated in 2016, but Solo will be honored by U.S. Soccer for earning more than 200 caps with the women's national team before the squad's friendly against Denmark on Jan. 21 in San Diego, the federation announced on Thursday.

The ceremony could make for an awkward scene since Solo was banned for six months for making controversial comments after the U.S. was eliminated by Sweden in the 2016 Olympics, calling her opponents "cowardly" and proclaiming "the best team did not win."

She hasn't played since and has been openly critical of coach Jill Ellis and some of her former teammates, including star striker Alex Morgan.

In 2014, Solo was arrested on domestic assault charges involving her half-sister and her nephew, and the following year her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stephens, was busted for DUI while driving a U.S. Soccer van.

In November, Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulting her at a 2013 awards ceremony.

Solo, 36, appeared in 202 matches for the national team, winning two Olympic gold medals and one World Cup title. She has not officially announced her retirement from international soccer, but she presently is one of eight people running for U.S. Soccer president.

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