Olympic star Hope Solo enters race for U.S. Soccer president
LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2017: Former U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo announced on Facebook that she is running for president of the United States Soccer Federation. She took to Facebook laying out her plan to fix a system she claims “has been set up to discriminate and to overlook the disadvantaged.”
She also criticized what she described as the USSF’s approach to valuing profits above all else.
Solo’s spokesperson confirmed that the former goalkeeper has required three nomination letters from voting members needed to enter the race. The deadline for filing is December 12.
In her announcement Solo says:
”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 says. ”I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integriyt and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF that could give so much more to our communities across the nation.”
“We need passionate and intelligent soccer people leading the way at U.S Soccer,” “The heart of what USSF must represent is the development of youth soccer in America.”
Solo, regarded as the best goalkeeper in women’s soccer history is running on a platform focusing on creating a winning soccer culture. She is also fighting for equal pay for the U.S. national team and all women in the USSF. The soccer star seeks to make the game accessible to everyone and putting an end to the pay-to-play issue in youth soccer.
Hope Solo’s platform
Solo is facing off against a crowded field made up of former U.S. international Paul Caligiuri, current soccer executive Kathy Carter; USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston attorney Steve Gans; Springfield, Mass.-based businessman and soccer entrepreneur Paul Lapointe; former player and current broadcaster Kyle Martino; New York-based attorney Mike Winograd; and former U.S. international and current broadcaster Eric Wynalda.
Current president Sunil Gulati announcement last week says that he was not seeking re-election.
Hope Solo was suspended and her team contract was terminated by U.S. Soccer in 2016. Solo was caught calling Sweden “a bunch of cowards” following the team’s quarterfinal loss at the 2016 Rio Games. She was previously suspended in 2015 after police stopped a USSF vehicle driven by Solo’s husband former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens. Stevens was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Solo’s announcement makes her the second female candidate to enter the race.