U.S. coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn flew to Seattle to inform Solo of U.S. Soccer's decision to suspend her and terminate her national team contract.
The USSF boss, an economist who remains a member of the Federation Internationale de Football Association council, told ESPN that the national team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was the reason for him not entering the battle for presidency.
"The system has been set up to discriminate and to overlook the disadvantaged because of an arrogant belief that the United States possesses the worlds best athletes, so therefore we can get away without having the world's best soccer players", Solo wrote.
Hope Solo (1) celebrates with her teammates after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup in a 5-2 victory over Japan.
- 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.
- She was suspended for the third-place game against Norway at the 2007 Women's World Cup after blasting head coach Greg Ryan for dropping her in favor of Briana Scurry, the hero of the 1999 Women's World Cup triumph, for the semifinals.
Solo, the most decorated soccer player in United States women's history who holds national records for appearances, starts, wins and shutouts, said she has been traveling the world during her year away from playing, meeting with foreign soccer teams and associations and developing a better feel for what it takes to be a leader.
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.
The former star goalkeeper has announced that she is running for U.S. Soccer president. "We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire". That includes investing in youth development; pushing for equal pay for women; making youth soccer more accessible to all; and making finances more transparent.
- Push for equal pay for the USA women's national team and all women in the federation workplace and inclusion of women at all levels of the federation.
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