The former goalkeeper of the team National Hope Solo has announced that he will run for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation.
He only declared his candidacy on Thursday night on Facebook. It comes less than a week after the current president of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, said he will not seek a fourth term. His decision came after the October failure of the US men's team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
"I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I have the strength to do it," he said. Only in its publication. "I have always been willing to sacrifice myself for what I believe and believe that there is no greater sacrifice than fighting for equality of opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF that could give much more to our communities throughout the country. "
Joins a field full of nine candidates. She is the second woman to announce a candidacy for the position.
Solo, 36, scored the USA team goal. UU During their 2015 Women's World Cup championship. Their stay in the national team ended after the Olympic Games last year in Brazil, when the Americans were eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Later, Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" for his defensive style of play.
She was suspended from the team shortly after and has not returned.
For his career, Solo has made 202 appearances in total with the national team, with 153 victories and an international record of 102 shutouts.
But it has also been persecuted by a series of controversies outside the field. Notably, a case of domestic violence stemming from an altercation in 2014 at the home of a relative in the state of Washington.
Just joins the president of Soccer United Marketing, Kathy Carter, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday. Other candidates include former national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino, USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston lawyer Steve Gans, New York lawyer Michael Winograd and Paul LaPointe, manager of the League Conference Premier of the Northeast.  The election will be held in February.
He just said that he is campaigning based on four basic principles: His goal is to create a winning culture in US Soccer, beginning with the development of youth; she will press for an equal salary for the women's national team and all the women in US soccer. UU; she will approach the "pay to play" model so that soccer is accessible to all; and will emphasize transparency within the federation.
"What we have lost in the United States is to believe in our system, in our coaches, in our talent pool and in the US Soccer government," he said. "Now we must refocus our goals and unite as a football community to achieve the changes we want."
Gulati, 58, had been a driving force in the USSF for more than 30 years. During that time, EE. UU He won the Women's World Cup in 1991, 1999 and 2015. He helped organize the successful bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the USA. UU And she served as executive vice president and international director of the US organizers. UU tournament.
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 was unanimously elected in March 2006 to succeed Bob Contiguglia, who served two terms. Gulati replaced Chuck Blazer on the FIFA executive committee in 2013 and continues to serve on the renowned FIFA council. He is also chairman of the joint committee of proposals from EE. UU., Mexico and Canada, with the hope that FIFA will choose North America to host the 2026 World Cup.
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