U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland who recently married ex-UW and Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, told media: "I'm happily married."

PORTLAND — Goalkeeper Hope Solo tried to diffuse the drama surrounding her personal life as the U.S. soccer team prepared for Wednesday’s exhibition match against Ireland.

Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, made her first appearance with the national team since she was married to Jerramy Stevens on Nov. 13, a day after the ex-UW and Seahawks tight end’s arrest at a party in Kirkland on suspicion of domestic violence.

“It’s unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there,” the 31-year-old Solo said after a workout. “It’s hard to see, but it’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life. I’m happy. I’m happily married.

“I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”

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Later, Solo said, “We’re happy, and ultimately that’s all that matters.”