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Hope Solo apologizes after arrest

U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo apologized Thursday after her arrest on domestic violence violence charges last weekend in Kirkland, Wash.

Solo, 32, issued a statement on her Facebook page and also provided a link to it from Twitter.

"I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend," she wrote. "I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.

"I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges, but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.

"I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.

"Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared. I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team."

Solo pleaded not guilty Monday to two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault stemming from her arrest at her sister's home.

She was released without bail and the court ordered her to have no contact with her sister and 17-year-old nephew, whom she is accused of assaulting. Solo also was ordered not to drink alcohol.

According to police, Solo was intoxicated early Saturday morning when the incident occurred at a family party. Solo's lawyer, Todd Maybrown, said she was a victim in the altercation.

Solo's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Solo won two Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. women's national team, which played France on Thursday in Connecticut. U.S. Soccer reported that Solo was away due to personal reasons.

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