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By SP_COP on October 10, 2014 | From espn.go.com
Former Team USA Keeper: Hope Solo Should Be Benched As a national conversation about domestic violence has exploded over the past month, U.S. women's soccer players have been unanimously supportive of embattled goalie Hope Solo.

Until now.

Former Team USA backup goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who split a USWNT shutout with Solo a few months ago, has decided to speak out against someone she calls both a friend and mentor.

In an op-ed running today in USA Today and in an exclusive interview with espnW, Loyden says Solo should be sat down immediately as her domestic violence case plays out in court.

Loyden, who has decided to retire from international soccer, lost her sister, Britton, two years ago in a domestic violence crime. With soccer out of the picture, Loyden wants to dedicate the rest of her life to raising Britton's son, Madden, and running her domestic violence charity, the Jillian Loyden Foundation.

"I'm not trying to play judge and jury here. I'm not trying to condemn anybody," Loyden said. "Clearly it's serious to me -- I lost my sister to this issue -- and I think we need to take more careful consideration in dealing with this matter."

Still, speaking out hasn't been easy. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati reiterated in a statement recently that he stands by the decision to let Solo continue to play. And Solo's teammates have unanimously been supportive publicly. Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux both tweeted words of encouragement.

"This has been an incredibly hard thing for me to go through," Loyden said. "In the last week, I haven't grieved like this since the loss of my sister. It's a very painful experience and one that's not easy....
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Former Team USA Keeper: Hope Solo Should Be Benched
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