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

U.S. coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn flew to Seattle to inform Solo of U.S. Soccer's decision to suspend her and terminate her national team contract. The incumbent, Sunil Gulati, has decided not to run for reelection after the US Men's National Team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by losing to Trinidad and Tobago. She is the second woman to announce a bid for the job.

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

Hope Solo was suspended by the USSF after her comments following the USWNT's defeat in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She called Sweden, the Americans' quarterfinal opponent, "cowards".

- 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.

She won 202 caps for the United States during her playing career, recording 153 wins and 102 clean sheets.

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

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

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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. In her introductory note, she both laid out her issues with US Soccer's "outdated" and "arrogant" system and explained how she would plan to effect change. "We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire". He helped put together the successful bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the USA and served as executive vice president and chief global officer of the US organizers for the tournament.

Gulati was a unanimous pick in March 2006 to succeed Bob Contiguglia, who served two terms. 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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