Solo running for president of US Soccer Federation

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

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

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.

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

She said the business strategy at U.S. Soccer is "profit over progress", and that this can't continue. The World Cup victor said she is inspired by her upbringing and her family not having the means "for me to play club or Olympic Development Program soccer", while also saying the problems with U.S. Soccer start at the youth level.

She wrote that the federation is "stubborn and elitist", while outlining her four core campaign principles - creating a winning culture; equality and women's issues; youth and diversity at all levels; and organizational, operational and financial governance transparency. She called Sweden, the Americans' quarterfinal opponent, "cowards".

"What we have lost in America is belief in our system, in our coaches, in our talent pool, and in the governance of U.S. Soccer".

Solo joins six others including Kathy Carter, the president of Soccer United Marketing, who have announced an intention to run for the presidency. "We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire". She's as big a long shot as you will find to replace Sunil Gulati in February.

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported that Solo has the three official nominations needed by Tuesday to become an official candidate, meaning she will be in the race for full two months.

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