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Jan. 14, 2015 — The best and worst that could happen

Yesterday afternoon, a municipal court judge in Kirkland, Wash. dismissed fourth-degree domestic violence charges against U.S. women’s national soccer goalie Hope Solo.

For Solo, preparing to play in what is likely to be her final Women’s World Cup this summer, it’s the best thing that could have happened to her in terms of preparation and focus.

But it could also be the worst thing that could have happened for her. It’s a scandal which will follow her throughout the spring and summer, especially given the unanswered questions that have come from this incident. International media, less sympathetic than those found on these shores, will have probing questions during the World Cup.

Of course, most of the questions have to be answered by Solo. But the U.S. Soccer Federation will also have to answer for its part in this entire controversy. The USSF did not suspend the goalkeeper once the charges were filed — moreover, the team allowed Solo the honor of wearing the captain’s armband during a friendly against Mexico last fall.

Domestic violence has become very much a talking point in sports the last few months, seeing as at least four NFL players were dismissed from their teams because of abuse charges.

Solo has kept playing. And remarkably well, I might add.

Still, there is going to have to be a full airing out of what happened that night.

It’s now up to Hope Solo.

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