Solo set to run for head of US Soccer

AUG. 3 2016 FILE

AUG. 3 2016 FILE

The US Soccer Federation will have a new president in 2018, and iconic former women's worldwide goalkeeper Hope Solo has thrown her name in for consideration.

Solo was given a six-month suspension from the USA national team for comments she made during the Rio Olympics.

"The time for talking is over".

"Through all of these experiences, 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". U.S. Soccer responded by suspending Solo for six months and terminating her contract with the federation.

- Invest in robust developmental programs, starting with youth soccer's diversity.


- Make soccer financially accessible to all. Solo's spokesperson told SI.com that Solo has the three formal nominations needed by Tuesday's deadline to become an official candidate in the February 10 election.

"I wanted to win a Word Cup and play in the Olympic Games". She recorded 103 shutouts in 202 worldwide matches, making her the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time. In her introductory note, she both laid out her issues with US Soccer's "outdated" and "arrogant" system and explained how she would plan to effect change. 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.

"Ever since I was a young girl, all I ever wanted to do was to play soccer for the United States at the highest level", Solo wrote.

- The last straw was when she said the US "played a bunch of cowards", after it was ousted by Sweden in a shootout from the Rio Olympics.

Solo, 36, has won one World Cup (in 2015) and two Olympic gold medals (in '08 and '12) in a career that has included 202 caps with the US women's national team. (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. Later, Nichols was pushed out by the USWNT players, who went on to sign a new collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer.

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