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Hope Solo running for US Soccer president

08 December 2017

Solo, 36, announced her candidacy with a post on Facebook titled "Why I'm running for President of U.S. Soccer". "I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF that could give so much more to our communities across the nation". She recorded 103 shutouts in 202 worldwide matches, making her the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time.

Hope Solo (1) celebrates with her teammates after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup in a 5-2 victory over Japan.

Over a year removed from her six-month suspension from the national team for offensive comments she made at the Rio Olympics, and knowing it's unlikely the US coaching staff will welcome her back as a player, Solo is campaigning to reenter US Soccer as its elected leader. She called Sweden, the Americans' quarterfinal opponent, "cowards".

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She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned. Solo ended her career with the most appearances (202), wins (153), and shutouts (102) for a goalkeeper in USWNT history.

But she's also been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies.

She becomes the ninth candidate, and the second woman to voice interest in running, after Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter declared her candidacy on Tuesday.

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The other candidates: Steve Gans, attorney based in Boston; Paul Lapointe, Massachusetts regional director of United Premier Soccer League; Kyle Martino, former professional soccer player and current TV analyst; Michael Winograd, lawyer and former professional player and general manager in the A-League; and Eric Wynalda, former professional soccer player and head coach and current analyst. That includes investing in youth development; pushing for equal pay for women; making youth soccer more accessible to all; and making finances more transparent.

Primer: Here's how U.S. Soccer's presidential election works. In her introductory note, she both laid out her issues with US Soccer's "outdated" and "arrogant" system and explained how she would plan to effect change. He helped put together the successful bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the USA and served as executive vice president and chief global officer of the US organizers for the tournament. Gulati replaced Chuck Blazer on FIFA's executive committee in 2013 and continues to serve on the renamed Federation Internationale de Football Association council.

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Hope Solo running for US Soccer president