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 the 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 of 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 Dec. 12. In her 1,600 word announcement Solo said “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.”
She’s running on a platform that is focused on creating a winning soccer culture, fighting for equal pay for the U.S. national team and all women in the USSF, making the game accessible to everyone and putting an end to the pay-to-play issue in youth soccer. 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 announced last week that he was not seeking re-election. Hope Solo was suspended and her team contract was terminated by U.S. Soccer in 2016 after calling Sweden “a bunch of cowards” after 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, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Solo’s announcement makes her the second female candidate to enter the race.