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What Dismissing Charges Against Hope Solo Means For Team USA

United State's Hope Solo (1) points the crowd after defeating China 2-0 in an international friendly soccer match at Ford Fie
United State's Hope Solo (1) points the crowd after defeating China 2-0 in an international friendly soccer match at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

That long, audible sigh you heard Tuesday night was the U.S. Soccer Federation's reaction to word that the assault case against goalkeeper Hope Solo had been dismissed.

Solo's court case has been the elephant in the room for U.S. Soccer ever since she was arrested in June after an incident with her half-sister and nephew. That elephant in the room morphed into a dancing hippo singing karaoke as the Ray Rice story became a national conversation. The conversation eventually turned to Solo and her pending trial.

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