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.

Senate joins fight for equal pay

Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team filed a complaint in March accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination and arguing that male Major League Soccer players make significantly more than they do. While they have yet to achieve equal pay for their talents, the United States Senate has joined the fight in securing their rights.

According to the Huffington Post, the Senate “unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Soccer Federation to ‘immediately end gender pay inequity and to treat all athletes with the respect and dignity those athletes deserve'” on Thursday, May 26.

Introduced earlier this month by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 21 other Democrats, the resolution to remedy the pay disparity was brought up for discussion this week when Murray gave a speech on the team before the Senate, says the Huffington Post.

Mentioning the USWNT’s third World Cup win and three Olympic gold medals, Murray said, “But despite all of these tremendous successes, these players do not get paid on par with their male counterparts.”

“This isn’t just about the money. It’s also about the message it sends to women and girls across our country and the world,” the senator offered, later calling their struggle “emblematic of what is happening all across our country,” referencing the ever-present pay gap that persists across a multitude of professions.

The Huffington Post says that although the resolution, which “only applies public pressure on the soccer governing body,” passed without objection, Murray and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) hope that this small step will lead to further action taken to address the broader pay problem.

After the resolution’s approval, Murray expressed her pride over its adoption, calling it a show of support for women around the country. But Murray’s work is far from over; she hopes that this victory can help garner the approval of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which aims to remedy wage discrimination based on gender.

“Now, let’s back it up with action by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act!,” she said after the resolution’s approval. “I am going to keep fighting for this legislation, so I urge all my colleagues to put partisanship aside, once again, and work to get this done.”

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!