Solo seeks presidency of U.S. Soccer

She’s a World Cup winner and an Olympic champion, and now, former U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to add another item to her resume: president.

According to ABC News, Solo took to Facebook to announce her candidacy for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, following a recent announcement by current president Sunil Gulati of his decision to not pursue a fourth term. While the former goalie was suspended from the U.S. Women’s National team following comments about their World Cup semifinal opponents, ABC reports that Solo says she has exactly what it takes to lead the federation:

“I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done,” she wrote. “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.”

So, what’s her campaign platform? ABC says Solo not only wants to foster a culture of winning and transparency within the federation, she also wants to “push for equal pay for the women’s national team and all women within U.S. Soccer” and “address the ‘pay-to-play’ model and make soccer accessible to all.”

Solo isn’t the only female running for the position, however, with ABC reporting that Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter also threw her hat in the ring for the February election.

Who Runs the World?

We all know the answer to that question — GIRLS! That’s right, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team showed the world who’s boss yesterday as they defeated Japan to win the World Cup. The final match was held Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, and what a showdown it was.

The team secured the 5-2 victory over Japan with the help of three goals from midfielder Carli Lloyd, who had the first hat-trick in a women’s final according to CNNCNN says the midfielder received the Golden Ball for her incredible performance, an award given to indicated that she was the best player at the World Cup. 

The other two goals that contributed to the U.S. victory came from midfielders Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath, says CNN. 

The U.S. seemed to outplay Japan in all areas, as CNN reported that the U.S. team took seven attempted goal shots while Japan only took four, and U.S. goalie Hope Solo had three saves on the game while Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori only had two saves.

To Lloyd, Holiday, Heath, Solo and the entire U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team: Congratulations! We could not be more proud!