Former USWNT star Hope Solo says she's running for US Soccer president

  • Former USWNT star Hope Solo says she's running for US Soccer president

Former USWNT star Hope Solo says she's running for US Soccer president

In a post on Facebook, Solo said she is running for the position and will place an emphasis on fixing a "systemic problem" in youth soccer that hands children from middle- and upper-middle-class backgrounds an inherent advantage. She last played in a game when the USA was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics. She also had her contract terminated, and has not played in the NWSL since.

Hope Solo, the controversial soccer star who is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in U.S. soccer history, made the surprise announcement Thursday night that she is running for U.S. Soccer president. "The business strategy at US Soccer can not continue to be profit before progress", Solo wrote. She criticized the U.S. Soccer Federation's conduct during a labor dispute with the women's national team as "historical, immoral and unconscionable", and laid out four core campaign principles.

"I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done".

Solo wrote: "What we have lost in America is belief in our system, in our coaches, in our talent pool, and in the governance of US Soccer".

Solo had a rocky relationship with the federation as a player. Her preferred union leader, Rich Nichols, became the USWNT players union head and took a hard line with U.S. Soccer.

Solo, 36, has won one World Cup (in 2015) and two Olympic gold medals (in '08 and '12) in a career that has included 202 caps with the US women's national team. Solo was in the vehicle with Stevens, and was suspended 30 days for the "incident".

Off the field, Solo was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2014. Those charges were eventually dismissed, but that decision was reversed on appeal. Other candidates in the race include former U.S. national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino as well as Carter, US Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston lawyer Steve Gans, New York lawyer Michael Winograd and Paul LaPointe, Northeast Conference manager of the United Premier Soccer League. The case is, as of the most recent reports previous year, still in court. Solo's spokesperson told SI.com that Solo has the three formal nominations needed by Tuesday's deadline to become an official candidate in the February 10 election. Equality and women's issues, and youth and diversity were among the list.

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