by Paul Kennedy
U.S. goalkeeping great Hope Solo will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program.
She made the announcement on Friday, three weeks before she was to be inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. The Hall of Fame accepted her request to delay her induction until 2023.
Solo's decision followed her arrest on March 31 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on charges of misdemeanor child abuse, resisting arrest and impaired driving.
Officers arrested Solo, 40, in a Walmart parking lot, where she was inside a vehicle with her 2-year-old twins in the back. According to the arrest warrant, she was seen passed out with the engine running for more than an hour. She has a court date on June 28.
Solo had 202 caps in an international career that ended following her suspension after the 2016 Olympics. She won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and started for the USA when it win the 2015 Women's World Cup.
She was suspended for 30 days by U.S. Soccer in January 2015, missing a pair of friendly games in Europe, after her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was charged with DUI while driving a federation van used by the women's national team that they took out for the evening.
In 2014, she was arrested on two counts of domestic violence in an incident involving her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. The charges were later dropped.