Solo running for president of US Soccer Federation

AUG. 3 2016 FILE

She ended the essay by saying, "Soccer is the world's game, and I want to share it with all of America".

Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo plans to run for USSF President. Solo made the announcement Thursday night, December 7, 2017, on Facebook.

She criticized the U.S. Soccer Federation's conduct during a labor dispute with the women's national team as "historical, immoral and unconscionable". She recorded 103 shutouts in 202 global matches, making her the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time.

"We need passionate and intelligent soccer people leading the way at U.S Soccer", Solo, 36, wrote.

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

After that tournament she was suspended for six months by US Soccer for calling Sweden, the United States' quarter-final opponents, "cowards".

She said the business strategy at U.S. Soccer is "profit over progress", and that this can't continue.

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

- 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.

The elections will be held in February of 2018. Other candidates include former national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino as well as USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston lawyer Steve Gans, New York lawyer Michael Winograd and Paul LaPointe, Northeast Conference manager of the United Premier Soccer League. "We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire".

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.

- Push for equal pay for the US women's national team and all women in the federation workplace and inclusion of women at all levels of the federation.

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