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Hope Solo ran for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation. UU., The organization that effectively fired her for the comments she made in the summer of 2016 Olympics.
He just made the announcement on his official Facebook page on Thursday night where he presented a 1,600 word plan to fix a US soccer development system. UU That she wrote "has been created to discriminate and overlook at a disadvantage."
Solo, arguably the best goalkeeper in the history of the US women's national team, cited the financial toll that soccer took against their parents for advance in sports.
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"The systemic problem in US football begins at the junior level ", wrote Solo. "Football has always been a middle class sport and, in more recent times, it has become a sport of upper middle class, some of the best clubs in the country charge each youth player between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000 per season. Personally, I have witnessed young players disconsolate with the financial reality that they could no longer follow their dream. "
Solo, 36, joins an already crowded field after the inability of the national men's soccer team of the United States to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
"The time to speak is over," wrote Solo . "… I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I have the strength to do it."
Sunil Gulati announced earlier this week that he would not seek a fourth term. The deadline to register as a candidate is Tuesday and the election is scheduled for February. Three former members of the national men's team, Eric Wynalda, Paul Caligiuri and Kyle Martinoric, are among at least eight others who have announced their respective candidacies.
He was only suspended and his national team was rescinded by US Soccer in August. 2016, days after calling Sweden "a group of cowards" after the defeat in the quarterfinals of the United States Team at the Rio Games. That ended his career with the national team that led to the 2015 World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals.
It was the second time that Solo was suspended by US Soccer. It was banned for one month in 2015 after the Manhattan Beach (California) police stopped a truck from the US Soccer Federation. UU And she will arrest her husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Alone, a passenger in the van, was not charged.
Only the second female candidate in the race. Earlier this week, Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter announced she would be running.
Solo and four other US players UU They filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sought equal age with their male colleagues in April 2016. It made clear in their Facebook publication that equal treatment of men's and women's teams in all levels would be an important part of your platform.
"This historical, immoral and inconceivable behavior of USSF has an unacceptable cost: the cost of national pride, the cost of not qualifying for a Men's World Cup, the cost of not providing the same salary to USWNT and telling women of the USWNT who do not deserve to be paid what they are paid to men, the cost of actively participating in gender discrimination, and what is more obvious, the cost of overlooking talented young players from diverse socioeconomic communities , if given the opportunity to participate in the system, they would develop a large talent pool that could eventually populate our USWNT and USMNT and take them to greatness, "Solo wrote.
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