Hope Solo running for US Soccer president

Hope Solo has not played for the U.S. women’s national team since her contract was terminated last year. More

Hope Solo has not played for the U.S. women’s national team since her contract was terminated last year. More

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.

Solo was given a six-month suspension from the US national team for comments she made during the Rio Olympics.

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.

She said the core principles of her campaign are creating a winning culture, equality and women's issues, youth and diversity and transparency.

"We need passionate and intelligent soccer people leading the way at U.S Soccer", Solo, 36, wrote. The former star goalkeeper has announced that she is running for U.S. Soccer president. 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.

"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 is the most decorated soccer player in USA women's team history, holding national records for appearances, starts, wins and shutouts.

Solo, the most decorated soccer player in United States women's history who holds national records for appearances, starts, wins and shutouts, said she has been traveling 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.

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