Third-string goalkeeper Jillian Loyden (R) with teammate Hope Solo (L) after the USA’s friendly vs Canada last May (USA Today)
Count fellow U.S. national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden among those who do not believe Hope Solo should still be on the field with domestic violence charges hanging above her head.
In the fallout of the National Football League’s run of domestic violence scandals involving its players — Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice among them — some have voiced concern over a double standard as Solo, the national team’s starting goalkeeper, continues to play despite her own charges.
Loyden, in an editorial to USA Today, called for the benching of Solo until the legal process took its course.
"I believe that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, but in failing to take action against players’ behavior off the field, the league is not living up to its responsibilities.
U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message. They need to communicate that domestic violence is never okay and that it will not be tolerated.
Speaking out on these issues is not always easy. Hope Solo is my teammate and a personal mentor. But I cannot stand by as young fans receive the message that this behavior – even if the allegations proved to be inaccurate – can go unnoticed.”
Loyden, who also announced her retirement from the USWNT on Monday, has prioritized speaking out against domestic violence after being affected by personal tragedy. She started the Jillian Loyden Foundation after her sister Britton was murdered in 2012, allegedly at the hands of her former fiancé who is awaiting trial.
Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic-violence assault for allegedly striking her 17-year-old nephew and half-sister. Solo faces up to six months in jail if convicted at a trial scheduled in November.