Hope Solo: Youth Soccer In The U.S. Has Become A ‘Rich, White Kid Sport’ (VIDEO)

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Hope Solo looks around the sad state of affairs of U.S.A soccer and she is saddened by what she sees.

The former U.S. goalkeeper is convinced soccer in the United States has become a “rich, white kid sport” and the high cost of the sport at the youth level is detrimental to the “state of the game.”

“My family would not have been able to afford to put me in soccer if I was a young kid today,” Solo said at the Hashtag Sports conference in New York.

“That obviously alienates so many communities, including Hispanic communities, the black communities, the rural communities and under-represented communities. Soccer, right now, has become a rich, white kid sport.”

The two-time Olympic gold medalist used the high cost argument in the youth system as to why the U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“You have to look at why have our U.S. men not qualified for the World Cup? And it goes back to our youth system,” Solo said. “And it’s because we are alienating so much talent in the youth system, and it breaks my heart because these kids are passionate about the game and they are filled with great skill, yet they’re being told if you don’t have the money, you can’t represent your country.”

Solo helped the U.S. women’s national team to a World Cup title in 2015, but her behavior following the 2016 Rio Olympics toward the Swedish national team forced them to terminate her contract.

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