Hope Solo's Domestic Violence Trial Set for Nov. 4

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Hope Solo's domestic violence case, which stems from an alleged incident that took place at her sister's home in June, is set for Nov. 4 in Kirkland, Washington.

The 33-year-old soccer star appeared Monday before a Municipal Court judge with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.

"We were hoping for a trial as early as possible," said Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, in an email to the Seattle Times. "Looking at the schedule, November was the earliest date possible."

The goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign and a University of Washington graduate, who helped the national team to gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, has pleaded not guilty to gross-misdemeanor charges. If convicted, Solo could face up to six months in prison.

Police were dispatched June 21 to her sister's home, where she was allegedly "going crazy and hitting people."

According to court documents, police arrived to the sounds of shouting from Solo, who was reportedly drunk. Her sister and 17-year-old nephew were said to be crying with visible injuries. During a two-day stint in jail, she entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of fourth-degree domestic assault. She was then released on her own recognizance.

On June 26, she took to Facebook with an apology, calling the incident "highly unfortunate".

"I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct," she said. "I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed."

She added that she was confident her name would be cleared.

Solo continues to practice with the Seattle Reign, and the trial date is not expected to conflict with Reign matches nor the October qualifying matches for the 2015 World Cup. The team has said it will decide her future with the team following the trial's outcome.

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