Suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says she has had shoulder replacement surgery.
Solo, 35, posted post-surgery photos of herself on her social media accounts Wednesday. She had the procedure at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle on Monday.
On the posts, she said he had been dealing with a right shoulder injury for "a long time."
"I've got a brand new shoulder (read: bionic) and for the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head. I'm filled with excitement knowing how life-changing this is and I look forward to coming back healthier and stronger than ever," she wrote.
Solo had surgery on the same shoulder in 2011.
Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last month following the Rio Olympics, where she drew criticism for calling the Sweden national team a "bunch of cowards" for their defensive style of play. The United States was eliminated by Sweden on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals.
U.S. soccer said the suspension was the result of several missteps.
Solo became the first goalkeeper with 100 international shutouts just before the Olympics when the United States defeated South Africa 1-0 in Chicago. The 35-year-old currently has 153 career victories and 102 clean sheets.
Yesterday, I underwent shoulder replacement surgery to address an injury I’ve been dealing with for some time. An opportunity presented itself after my contract was terminated and while difficult, it opened the door to take care of a long overdue surgery. Thanks to a brilliant team of doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center led by Dr. Frederick Matsen (my new Captain Sully, my hero!) I’ve got a brand new shoulder (read: bionic) and for the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head. I’m filled with excitement knowing how life-changing this is and I look forward to coming back healthier and stronger than ever. (At left, four minutes after waking up with Dr. Matsen; at right, four hours after waking. For more on the procedure, which was developed by Dr. Matsen at the Univ. of Washington, check the link in my bio.)