Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Hope Solo announces she's running for US Soccer president

Hope Solo announces she's running for US Soccer president

Hope Solo, the United States' World Cup-winning goalkeeper, has thrown her hat into the ring for presidency of the US Soccer Federation, taking the number of declared candidates to eight. He helped put together the successful bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the USA and served as executive vice president and chief worldwide officer of the US organizers for the tournament.

"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".

While Solo is one of the most decorated players in US Soccer history, she has had several off-the-field incidents that have damaged her reputation.

Solo's post was lengthy and thorough, setting up her qualifications with how her involvement in U.S. Soccer shaped her and where she sees it's future. Sunil Gulati, the incumbent, faces a challenge to his 12-year presidency from current U.S. Soccer Executive Vice-President Carlos Cordeiro, Boston-based lawyer Steven H. Gans, and Fox Sports analyst and former U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) striker Eric Wynalda.

She said the core principles of her campaign are creating a winning culture, equality and women's issues, youth and diversity and transparency.

"We need passionate and intelligent soccer people leading the way at U.S Soccer", Solow wrote.

Solo is reported to already have the required three nomination letters from voting members needed to formally enter the race. The deadline to register as a candidate is Tuesday and and the election is scheduled to take place in February.

Solo is the most decorated soccer player in US women's team history, holding national records for appearances, starts, wins and shutouts.

Hope Solo was suspended by the USSF after her comments following the USWNT's defeat in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

While Solo returning to the pitch may be a long shot, she isn't about to step away from the game. "We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire". But her career was rarely as simple as her appearance record and longevity made out. She also accused the former Federation Internationale de Football Association president of inappropriate behavior, telling a Portuguese magazine in November that she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass" at an awards presentation in 2013. As noted by ESPN, a number of other people already had announced their candidacy to replace him, among them former USA men's player Paul Caligiuri, soccer executive Kathy Carter, current USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston-based attorney Steve Gans, businessman and soccer entrepreneur Paul Lapointe, former player and current broadcaster Kyle Martino, New York-based attorney Mike Winograd and former us player and current broadcaster Eric Wynalda.

Solo did not address any of her past aggressions in her Facebook post.

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