Hope Solo became the last name to enter the US presidential soccer career. UU Through its publication on Facebook on Thursday night.
Hope Solo, the controversial soccer star who is possibly the best goalkeeper in the history of US soccer. UU., He made the surprise announcement on Thursday night that he will run for the office of president of the United States. UU Soccer. Solo's spokesman told SI.com that Solo has the three formal nominations necessary for Tuesday as the official candidate in the Feb. 10 election.
Days after veteran US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced that he would not seek reelection in After the failure of the US men to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Solo became the ninth candidate to enter the career and the second woman.
In an ad on Facebook, Solo described the main problems facing US soccer. UU , including the excessive spending of youth soccer, the unequal treatment of gender and what she sees is the lack of transparency of the people who run the organization.
Alone, 36 years old, won a World Cup (in 2015) and two Olympic gold medals (in & # 39; 08 and & # 39; 12) in a career that has included 202 matches with the women's national team from United States. He played for the last time in a game when the USA. UU They were eliminated by Sweden in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympic Games. Afterwards, Solo called the Swedes "cowards" because of their style of play. U.S. Soccer responded by suspending Solo for six months and ending his contract with the federation.
He just had shoulder surgery and has been recovering from it this year. She has not announced her retirement from the club or the international game.
Opponents to the election of Solo will undoubtedly point out his inexperience in the management of an organization and his past experience with the application of the law. In 2014, Solo was arrested on domestic badault charges related to a fight with her half sister and nephew. (The charges have not yet been resolved according to press reports). And in 2015, Solo was suspended from the national team for 30 days after her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested and charged with driving a football team van. under the influence. (He was only in the truck)
He only recently appeared in the news when he accused former FIFA president, Joseph Blatter, of playing him at a FIFA award in 2013. (Blatter denied the accusation)
When Solo she was quiet playing at the USWNT in recent years, she actively pushed for equal pay and treatment of the federation compared to the USMNT. His favorite union leader, Rich Nichols, became the union leader of USWNT players and took a hard line with US football. UU Later, Nichols was expelled by USWNT players, who signed a new collective bargaining agreement with US Soccer.
The other presidential candidates of US Soccer are (in alphabetical order): Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Paul Lapointe, Kyle Martino, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda. It is expected that at least a few candidates will obtain the three formal nominations necessary for Tuesday to stand for official elections.