Hope Solo announced she's running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation in an essay posted to Facebook on Friday.
"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".
After the USWNT's failure at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Solo called Sweden's team "cowards" and was then terminated, and she has been quiet for her standards since then.
"We need passionate and intelligent soccer people leading the way at U.S Soccer", Solo, 36, wrote. 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. "The business strategy at U.S. Soccer can not continue to be profit before progress. We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire". 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.
She said the core principles of her campaign are creating a winning culture, equality and women's issues, youth and diversity and transparency. She's as big a long shot as you will find to replace Sunil Gulati in February.
The other candidates: Steve Gans, attorney based in Boston; Paul Lapointe, Massachusetts regional director of United Premier Soccer League; Kyle Martino, former professional soccer player and current TV analyst; Michael Winograd, lawyer and former professional player and general manager in the A-League; and Eric Wynalda, former professional soccer player and head coach and current analyst.
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