Hope Solo joins race for US Soccer Federation president

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

Solo is the seventh individual to officially declare as candidates for the position. She recorded 103 shutouts in 202 global matches, making her the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time.

The 36-year-old Solo anchored the US team in goal during its 2015 Women's World Cup championship run. 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. She called Sweden, the Americans' quarterfinal opponent, "cowards".

But off-the-field issues often got her in trouble with U.S. Soccer.

She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.

Solo, the most decorated soccer player in USA 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 former star goalkeeper has announced that she is running for U.S. Soccer president.

- She was arrested in June 2014 on two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert, and Obert's son in an early-morning altercation. She outlined four main goals of her presidency, paraphrased as "creating a winning culture", equal pay for men and women, greater "socio-economic diversity", and financial transparency.

On her official Facebook page, Solo explained why she is running, joining candidates like Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda.

The 58-year-old Gulati had been a driving force in the USSF for more than 30 years.

"I'm going to spend a lot of time over the next six months trying to win an election - and that election is to bring the 2026 World Cup here", said Gulati, who is also the chairman of the joint USA/Canada/Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup.

He was deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer from its launch until 1999; and president of Kraft Soccer Properties, which operates the New England Revolution of MLS. Gulati replaced Chuck Blazer on FIFA's executive committee in 2013 and continues to serve on the renamed Federation Internationale de Football Association council.