SEATTLE — Former nationwide workforce goalkeeper Hope Solo has introduced that she’s operating for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Solo declared her candidacy Thursday night time on Fb. It comes lower than every week after present U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati stated he won’t search a fourth time period. His choice got here within the wake of the October failure of the U.S. males’s staff to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
“I do know precisely what U.S. Soccer must do, I do know precisely methods to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it executed,” Solo stated in her submit. “I’ve all the time been prepared to sacrifice for what I consider in and I consider there isn’t a higher sacrifice then preventing for equal alternative, integrity and honesty, particularly in a corporation like the united states that would give a lot extra to our communities throughout the nation.”
She joins a crowded subject of 9 candidates. She is the second lady to announce a bid for the job.
The 36-yr-previous Solo anchored the U.S. workforce in aim throughout its 2015 Ladies’s World Cup championship run. Her tenure with the nationwide workforce ended following final yr’s Olympics in Brazil, when the People have been ousted by Sweden within the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo referred to as the Swedish group “cowards” for his or her defensive fashion of play.
She was suspended from the workforce shortly thereafter and has not returned.
For her profession, Solo has made 202 complete appearances with the nationwide workforce, with 153 wins and a world-document 102 shutouts.
However she’s additionally been dogged by a variety of off-the-subject controversies. Notably, a home violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a member of the family’s house in Washington state.
Solo joins Soccer United Advertising President Kathy Carter, who introduced her candidacy on Tuesday. Different candidates embrace former nationwide group gamers Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino in addition to USSF vice chairman Carlos Cordeiro, Boston lawyer Steve Gans, New York lawyer Michael Winograd and Paul LaPointe, Northeast Convention supervisor of the United Premier Soccer League.
The election shall be held in February.
Solo stated she is campaigning on 4 core rules: She goals to create a profitable tradition in U.S. Soccer, beginning with youth improvement; she’ll push for equal pay for the ladies’s nationwide group and all ladies inside U.S. Soccer; she’ll handle the “pay-to-play” mannequin to make soccer accessible to all; and she or he’ll stress transparency inside the federation.
“What we’ve misplaced in America is perception in our system, in our coaches, in our expertise pool, and within the governance of US Soccer,” she stated. “We now should refocus our objectives and are available collectively as a soccer group to convey concerning the modifications we want.”
The fifty eight-yr-previous Gulati had been a driving drive in the united states for greater than 30 years. Throughout that point, the U.S. gained the ladies’s World Cup in 1991, 1999 and 2015. He helped put collectively the profitable bid that introduced the 1994 World Cup to…