Hope Solo joins race for US Soccer Federation presidency

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

Hope Solo running for US Soccer president

In the essay she described how her upbringing shaped her impression of U.S. Soccer.

Hope Solo, fired by U.S. Soccer when playing for the U.S. women's national team, is now trying to lead the entire federation.

Solo, 36, is one of nine candidates to replace the outgoing president Sunil Gulati, who is not seeking a fourth term following the men's team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"The system has been set up to discriminate and to overlook the disadvantaged because of an arrogant belief that the United States possesses the worlds best athletes, so therefore we can get away without having the world's best soccer players", Solo wrote.

Solo says she is running on four core principles: creating a winning culture in U.S. soccer; equal pay for women; making soccer accessible for all; and stressing transparency in the federation. She is the second woman to announce a bid for the job. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" for their defensive style of play. The heart of what USSF must represent is the development of youth soccer in America.

Solo, a World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, last played for the United States of America at the 2016 Olympics. Solo ended her career with the most appearances (202), wins (153), and shutouts (102) for a goalkeeper in USWNT history.

She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.

The other candidates: Steve Gans, attorney based in Boston; Paul Lapointe, Massachusetts regional director of United Premier Soccer League; Kyle Martino, former professional soccer player and current TV analyst; Michael Winograd, lawyer and former professional player and general manager in the A-League; and Eric Wynalda, former professional soccer player and head coach and current analyst.

The elections will be held in February of 2018.

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