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Hope Solo joins race for US Soccer Federation presidency

08 December 2017

Former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has announced that she's running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Solo made the announcement Thursday night, December 7, 2017, on Facebook. "Through all of these experiences", she added, "I have learned that it is the responsibility of those in leadership positions who have the ability to change policy to stop giving lip service to the issues, but to instead, execute and take the actions required to affect real change".

Other candidates in the election to be held in February are 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. Currently, the only information about her campaign comes from these posts, but they focus more on monetary challenges for youth soccer players than other candidates have. (The charges have not been resolved yet according to press reports.) And in 2015, Solo was suspended from the national team for 30 days after her husband, ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested and charged with driving a U.S. Soccer team van under the influence.

A spokesperson for Solo told SI.com's Grant Wahl she has the three letters of support from member organizations needed to run.

The 36-year-old Solo anchored the USA team in goal during its 2015 Women's World Cup championship run. She has not announced her retirement from club or global play.

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Hope Solo (1) celebrates with her teammates after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup in a 5-2 victory over Japan. The USA lost to Brazil, 4-0. The case was first dismissed and later reinstated as appeals continued over procedural issues related to the lack of cooperation of Obert and Obert's son.

Hope Solo is running for president of the same organization that terminated her contract.

After that tournament she was suspended for six months by US Soccer for calling Sweden, the United States' quarter-final opponents, "cowards". Solo ended her career with the most appearances (202), wins (153), and shutouts (102) for a goalkeeper in USWNT history.

FILE - In this April 10, 2016, file photo, United States' Hope Solo waits for the team's global friendly soccer match against Colombia in Chester, Pa.

Hope Solo joins race for US Soccer Federation presidency