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Hope Solo Says She Will Not Play Again in N.W.S.L. This Season

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Goalkeeper Hope Solo, above, said she was not in the proper frame of mind to return to the soccer field.

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Goalkeeper Hope Solo said Tuesday that she would not play again this season for her professional team, extending her sudden separation from soccer — which began last week with the termination of her contract by U.S. Soccer — from international matches to professional ones as well.

Solo, 35, revealed her decision to step away from her club, the Seattle Reign of the U.S. Soccer-funded National Women’s Soccer League, in a brief statement in which she said she was not in the proper state of mind to return to the field.

“Mentally,” she said, “I’m not there yet.”

Solo was dropped last week by U.S. Soccer for critical comments she made about the opposing team after the Americans were eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics. U.S. Soccer announced the move as a six-month suspension, but Solo revealed — and the federation subsequently confirmed — that U.S. Soccer also had used the incident to end her…

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