Soccer notes | 8-12-14


Solo trial date set in assault case

KIRKLAND, Wash. — A November trial has been set for U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew in June.

Solo, who also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League, appeared in court in Kirkland, Wash., on Monday.

In June, she pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence.

KOMO-TV reported her lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss the case. Her lawyer has said Solo was a victim in the altercation.

A Nov. 4 trial means Solo won’t miss time with the Reign or October’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

Solo appeared in court accompanied by her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens.

Maradona slaps reporter’s face at theater

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona slapped a reporter’s face after attending an event with his family this weekend.

The Argentine soccer great also called the journalist an “idiot” during the confrontation outside a theater in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t clear why Maradona was upset, though local media said the matter appeared related to his former wife.

Video images showed Maradona leaving his car and slapping the journalist with his right hand. The journalist did not immediately react.

Fans and reporters had surrounded Maradona’s car to talk to one of the greatest players in soccer history. He answered a few questions and was about to leave when he became upset. Maradona’s son and his ex-wife were inside the car.

Klose retires from German national team

FRANKFURT, Germany — Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from Germany’s national squad a month after the team won the World Cup.

The 36-year-old scored two goals in Brazil, making him the highest-scoring player in World Cup history with 16, one ahead of Brazil’s Ronaldo. With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany.

Klose says in a statement posted on the German national team’s website Monday that winning the World Cup “fulfilled a childhood dream on mine” and he had concluded that now was the best time to retire.

The Associated Press