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  • 24 June 2014, 8:22

US Soccer's Hope Solo Denies Assault Charges

US women's soccer star Hope Solo has pleaded not guilty in court to charges that she assaulted her sister and teenage nephew.

Solo was accused of attacking her relatives during a party at her sister's home in suburban Seattle at the weekend.

Authorities said the USA goalkeeper "appeared intoxicated" when officers arrived after a 911 caller reported that a female was "hitting people".

Police said they determined that Solo was the aggressor after officers found "visible injuries" on her sister and 17-year-old nephew.

Solo was taken into custody on two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Her attorney said Solo was a victim in the altercation.

On Monday, a judge ordered the 32-year-old not to have any contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol.

She was released without bail.

Solo, who is married to former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, has won two Olympic gold medals as a member of the USA national team.

She currently ranks second all-time in caps for American female goalkeepers, having made her first appearance for the national side in 2000.