Hope Solo to run for president of US Soccer Federation

Aubrey Yates
December 8, 2017

Solo, a World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, last played for the US at the 2016 Olympics.

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FILE - In this April 10, 2016, file photo, United States' Hope Solo waits for the team's global friendly soccer match against Colombia in Chester, Pa.

Hope Solo officially announced her intentions to become the next president of the United States Soccer Federation on Thursday night.

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

Solo, 35, helped the US win Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and the 2015 Women's World Cup.

However, Solo has not played for her country since being suspended after calling the Sweden players "cowards" after they beat the U.S. in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" for their defensive style of play.

- She was suspended for the third-place game against Norway at the 2007 Women's World Cup after blasting head coach Greg Ryan for dropping her in favor of Briana Scurry, the hero of the 1999 Women's World Cup triumph, for the semifinals.

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

But she's also been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies.

- She was arrested in June 2014 on two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert, and Obert's son in an early-morning altercation.

Solo joins Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter, who announced her candidacy on Tuesday.

On her official Facebook page, Solo explained why she is running, joining candidates like Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda.

Primer: Here's how U.S. Soccer's presidential election works. She outlined four main goals of her presidency, paraphrased as "creating a winning culture", equal pay for men and women, greater "socio-economic diversity", and financial transparency.

The 58-year-old Gulati had been a driving force in the USSF for more than 30 years.

- Push for equal pay for the US women's national team and all women in the federation workplace and inclusion of women at all levels of the federation. He also is chairman of the joint U.S-Mexico-Canada bid committee, hoping Federation Internationale de Football Association will pick North America to host the 2026 World Cup.

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