Former USWNT goalie Hope Solo arrested on DWI, child endangerment charges

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Former USWNT star goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested Thursday in North Carolina and charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse, USA Today reported.

She was taken into custody at the Forsyth County jail in Winston-Salem, N.C. Solo’s two children were present in the car at the time of her arrest, according to the Washington Post.

A statement from Rich Nichols, Solo’s legal counsel, was issued Friday on Hope Solo’s Twitter account:

“On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges.”

In June 2014, Solo was arrested on domestic violence charges after an alleged altercation with her half sister and 17-year-old nephew. The charges eventually were dropped.

A member of the USWNT for 16 years, she helped the U.S. win the World Cup in 2015. She has also won Olympic gold twice, in 2008 and 2012.

She was later terminated by US Soccer after calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” after the Olympics.

Solo recently began her own podcast called “Hope Solo Speaks.” The podcast’s first guest, Carli Lloyd, made headlines when the two discussed the team’s culture and Lloyd saying she “hated” playing for the USWNT in recent years.