Hope Solo, the estranged United States women's national team goalkeeper, announced her candidacy for president of the US Soccer Federation Thursday night in a lengthy and personal Facebook post.
Solo was given a six-month suspension from the USA national team for comments she made during the Rio Olympics.
"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". "The business strategy at U.S. Soccer can not continue to be profit before progress". She called Sweden, the Americans' quarterfinal opponent, "cowards". 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.
Solo listed the four core principles she will be campaigning on: Creating a winning culture; equality and women's issues; youth and diversity at all levels; USSF organizational, operational and financial governance transparency.
"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". She promised to travel the world during her year away from playing, meeting with foreign soccer teams and associations and developing a better feel for what it takes to be a leader. The election to replace Sunil Gulati, who declined this week to run for a fourth term, will be held 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.