Former USWNT star Hope Solo says she's running for US Soccer president

Former USWNT star Hope Solo says she's running for US Soccer president

It comes less than a week after current U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said he will not seek a fourth term.

Hope Solo announced she's running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation in an essay posted to Facebook on Friday. Solo also reportedly has the three nominations needed for candidacy by Tuesday's deadline to run. His decision came in the wake of the October failure of the USA men's team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The heart of what USSF must represent is the development of youth soccer in America.

Solo listed the four core principles she will be campaigning on: Creating a winning culture; equality and women's issues; youth and diversity at all levels; USSF organizational, operational and financial governance transparency.

If they don't let you play, run for president. Multiple other candidates have mentioned equal pay, and every candidate is seeking to improve the fortunes of the USMNT. She is the second woman to announce a bid for the job.

However, Solo has not played for her country since being suspended after calling the Sweden players "cowards" after they beat the U.S. in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics. Solo made negative comments about the Swedish team.

She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.

Solo, a World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, last played for the US at the 2016 Olympics.

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.

The election to decide the next president will be held in February.