Hope Solo Announces Run for U.S. Soccer President, Apparently Doesn’t Realize Nobody Likes Her
Former United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo has announced she will run for President of the United States Soccer Federation, which is pretty surprising seeing as how no one who knows her seems to like her.
The job of USSF President is open now that Sunil Gulati has heeded calls to step down in the wake of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s humiliating failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. So far a number of other prominent figures in U.S. soccer have thrown their hats in the ring, including former USMNT players Eric Wynalda, Paul Caligiuri, and Kyle Martino, who now serves as studio analyst for NBCSP’s coverage of the Barclay’s Premiere League; Boston attorney Steven Gans; USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro; former indoor pro Paul Lapointe, who currently helps run the semi-pro United Premier Soccer League; New Jersey lawyer Michael Winograd; and Soccer United Marketing executive Kathy Carter.
Solo announced her “candidacy” in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday. In it she cites the “historical, immoral and unconscionable USSF conduct” as the reason she’s seeking the Presidency. She then vows to grant female players equal pay and make sure “talented young players from diverse socio-economic communities” are not overlooked—a reference to the United States’ much-criticized “pay to play” youth development system.
Of course, all of the things Hope Solo says she wants to do are good. If the USSF wants to be elite on the world stage, you’ve got to remove the financial barriers to playing elite youth soccer. However, the fact remains that Hope Solo is a terrible, polarizing candidate.
Why? Well let’s see. Solo bashed her coaches and teammates after not getting the start in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup semifinals. She called her opponents “cowards” after a loss during the 2016 Olympics. She and her husband got drunk and stole a U.S. Soccer van and were subsequently arrested for DUI in 2015. And, of course, who could forget the domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with her sister and nephew—charges which, somehow, are still pending.
Yeah, no, I don’t think Hope Solo is going to win this election.
Hat Tip – [Yahoo Sports]