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Hope Solo's husband reportedly driving team vehicle when arrested

Oct. 20, 2013: United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women's soccer match against Australia in San Antonio.

Oct. 20, 2013: United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women's soccer match against Australia in San Antonio.  (AP)

The husband of U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo was driving a team vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier in the week, a person familiar to the arrest told The Associated Press.

Solo's husband, Jeremy Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, California Monday at 1:30 a.m. for driving without headlights. Solo was the only passenger in the car, but was not arrested.

U.S. Soccer suspended Solo from the team for 30 days and will not allow her to play in exhibition matches in Europe next month.

Solo was preparing for World Cup qualifying matches in Southern California.
"I think it's best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months, and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team," Solo said in a statement following her suspension.

It was the latest off-field trouble for the 33-year-old Olympian. Earlier this month, a judge dismissed two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence against her. The charges stemmed from an altercation with her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew at a party in Washington state last June.

Solo had pleaded not guilty in that case, and she continued to play for the U.S. team and with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign, while awaiting trial.

Her last national team appearance came in a December match against Brazil. The match ended in a scoreless draw.

"During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," coach Jill Ellis said in a statement Wednesday. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."

Solo will be eligible for reinstatement after the suspension, pending review and approval by U.S. Soccer and Ellis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report