Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics
Hope Solo, seen here in a May 27 game against China, is clear to play in the Olympics despite the warning.
July 10th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics

An anti-doping agency has issued a public warning to U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo after she tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance that she says she didn’t know was in premenstrual medication prescribed by her physician.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it accepts Solo’s explanation, and U.S. Soccer says the warning will not prevent its first-choice goalkeeper from competing in the 2012 Olympics or any other competition.

Solo, 30, tested positive for canrenone in a urine sample taken last month, the USADA said this week.

Canrenone is a diuretic, a type of substance that could help athletes pass drug tests by diluting their urine, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because of this, diuretics sometimes are referred to as masking agents.

An investigation determined that the diuretic was part of a prescribed medication she was taking under a doctor’s care, the USADA said.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.

“As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

U.S. Soccer said it “fully supports” Solo’s clarification that the positive test was “not related to performance enhancement in any way.”

“We fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process to ensure it could be resolved quickly. Hope has accepted the public warning for her rule violation,” U.S. Soccer said.

Solo and the rest of the U.S. women’s soccer team are expected to begin training in the United Kingdom this week, ahead of this month’s Olympic Games. The team will begin with a match against France on July 25, two days before the games’ opening ceremonies, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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  1. Rdsnpr

    Oh yummy the flesh and look of the monthly aborted will run through my veins

    July 11, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. NanookoftheNorth

    Maybe the USADA could do the investigating first by asking the athlete...instead of besmirching their reputations 🙁

    July 11, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. francois2012

    Jail this druggie now.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      And I guess a thoughtless pig will always be a thoughtless pig. Spread the word to end the word!

      July 11, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Marta Paglianni

      Leave this beautiful and strong and talented Latin girl ALONE!

      July 11, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. KP

    Professional athletes are responsible for EVERY substance that goes into their body, regardless of whether or not they know what is in it. It is in the rules and is their professional obligation to know and take responsibility. Do you guys honestly believe that dopers don't think up believable stories for why they have drugs or masking agents in their systems if they are ever caught? Even if she is truthful, she should be fined and heavily scrutinized to set an example. Athletes have been banned for less.

    July 11, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mdtrigger

      Nope, just like most athletes and norm people they ask, hey Doc – is this OK for me to take? Also, most pro athletes give a list of drugs not allowed to the doc. So the doc should do his due diligence.

      July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      If you knew more about soccer, you may agree this this is likely an honest mistake. A goal keeper has very little to gain from taking performance enhancing drugs. Goal keepers don't run 7-10 miles per game like field players do...they spend most of the game inside an 18-yeard box, so stamina-increasing drugs are out of the question. Strength isn't a huge factor, as flexibility, response time and agility are far more important for a keeper. I'm not aware of any drugs that improve those. No performance enhancing drugs I can think of would benefit a keeper.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • steveo

      Why would a goalie, who is stationary 90% of the game, need to take PED's?

      July 11, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • TXnBud

      Did you not read about the thorough investigation by the USADA? Were you there? Do you know anything else OTHER than what the article told you? No you weren't, and no you don't. Do you honestly believe that whenever someone cries foul that there's always been a foul committed? Tell me, sports gestapo, why should she be fined and 'made an example of' if she told the truth and had NO idea what she took was illegal?

      July 11, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Nico

      Goalies stand around 99% of the game. I'm sure PMS drugs don't enhance a goalie's job of standing around. It's about as helpful as Micheal Phelps smoking a bong.

      July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Wake Up

      Stupid comment. The USADA handled this appropriately, as did Solo.

      July 11, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mfhpr

      You're absolutely correct. They 100% know that if they're speaking with their docs about prescribing meds there has to be consideration for banned substances when determining the med. Period. I like her, but she's a pro athlete that knows better, so now I will have a hard time trusting that she is the person we thought she was all along. I'd suspect they're all tempted by PEDs just to be able to compete at that level and reach the pinnacle.

      July 11, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mfhpr

      For those of you that question why a goalie would need PEDs, are you serious? Reaction time and physicality are absolute necessities for the position. You're kidding yourselves if you don't believe that, or you're just plain ignorant to the subject.

      Anyone defending her with absolute conviction truly doesn't understand the rules of being a pro athlete. The governing body might have excused her with the excuse of innocence, but don't fool yourself...ALL pro athletes and their docs know to consider ALL drugs prior to prescription. If you don't believe that you're completely ignorant to the way the system works. Thing of it is, the docs can't legally reveal the privacy of the decision. Many of you criticizing those of us questioning her would be the first to convict her in public if she were German or Russian. The article points out that this particular drug is used for masking others. Do you know for a fact that this isn't the reason she was taking that drug?

      July 11, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kandi

      What futbol games do you guys watch? The goalkeeper can go and will go anywhere on the field he or she wants. And typically does not "always" stand around in a box (90% of the time). Watch a game!

      This girl probably didn't know what was in the med she took. Not too many of use know all of the chemicals in the meds. Girls here in South America drink Chanca Piedra tea for cramps. It works great.

      Also, performance enhancement drugs are on the soccer field. Soccer isn't easy. The game requires strength, endurance and agility. Typically a "striker" or forward has been lean and mean. This is changing. Take a look at Silva who plays for BOCA in Argentina. He is 32 years old and large!

      Futbol is the most popular sport in the world with billions of watchers. It is also the most played sport in the world. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped into the U.S. soccer teams. Take a look at the cost of players. Forwards trade for 15 million bucks.

      Big business loves soccer! Franchises are not cheap. Advertising is not cheap! Manchester United is doing their IPO with the NY Stock Exchange.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tomadzo

    What the hell kid of drugs are going to help a keeper? Steroids? certainly not. Flubber, maybe.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      And I don't think they even have a test for Flubber yet! Man, I'd be ALL ABOUT jackin' Flubber!

      July 11, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mattski

    Saw the interview with Mark Spitz last night - The IOC publishes the list of drugs they'll test for long before any testing starts. It's like a list for the atlhetes, "whatever drugs you take, don't take these ones." so they have advanced warning. It's a farce - they just take the ones that aren't on the list and they pass. This incident was a mistake. An olympic athlete shouldn't get caught taking banned drugs - the IOC makes sure of it.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    They need to have a 'dope' league where all the athletes are allowed to use any substances they want. Let the public decide if they want to watch it.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • FauxNews

      I agree, and they should be allowed mechanized body parts too. The Olympics would be interesting for a change.

      July 11, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. ipmutt

    More purseqution of US athletes from this federaly funded organization of Obama Bullies.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuckaluck

      US Anti-Doping Agency is not a federal agency. It is private.

      July 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • NSL

      You are a moron. This has nothing to do with the President. While the U.S. Congress in 2000, during the Clinton administration, recognized the USADA as "the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports in the United States," the USADA is a non-governmental, non-profit corporation. The USADA doesn't report to any governmental agency and is completely independent of the Federal and State governments of the United States. The USADA does get funds through a U.S. federal grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), however, it gets most of its funding from the US Olympic Committee.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      @ipmutt – yawnnnnn

      July 11, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • sdmco

      1. USADA was established in 1999 by the U.S. Olympic Committee so that athletes would stop cheating. That's 11 years before the current president.
      2. Is it only partly funded by the government - most of it's funding is generated from contracts for anti-doping services with sport organizations.
      3. Learn the spell: persecution; federally. Oh right, getting and education makes you a snob.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mfhpr

      Now that piece of ignorance is PRICELESS! Thank you for the morning laugh!

      July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carlton

    Another drugged up athlete in America, what else is new!!! America, a society full of evil and sin, and haters of those who are and do good!!!

    July 11, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • NSL

      Oh yeah, and I suppose you believe that every woman who takes PMS medication is a druggie? Crawl back in your hole.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    Unsuspecting doctors seem to cause a lot of problems for athletes. Maybe there should be a special certification requirement if they are going to treat athletes.

    July 11, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. james ainoris

    I am boycotting silly games.... when they held games in communist china that murders or imprisons so many...where the PLA tries to silence voices of truth with respect to lack of human rights...they play silly games from the hellenists...The olympic comittee now refuses to have a moment of silence to remember the Israeli players murdered.. Now we find so many players take various drugs to cheat...so many terrible problems in the world that we could help with and all we seem to care about is silly games... bread and circus...play the fiddle while the world burns... only the coming of Mosiach will help mankind . chabad.org shalom james ainoris

    July 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. faboge

    I will take her!

    July 11, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. USA_WOMEN_ROCK

    "The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it accepts Solo’s explanation."

    I heart Hope Solo. Determination, consistency of purpose, drive, she has it all. If only the USA Women's Soccer team could take over the US Senate....

    July 11, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. marianne

    get over this...the anti doping people are nuts...and I just love that all the MEN here know what this young woman should be taking for menstrual cramps...shut up!!!

    July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. stewey

    Midol has a diuretic in it as well...

    July 11, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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