A CHAMPION FOR CHANGE
For nearly two decades as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, I have been a relentless voice for change because I have always believed the United States Soccer Federation can and must be the game’s global leader.
WHY I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF U.S. SOCCER
Ever since I was a young girl, all I ever wanted to do was to play soccer for the United States at the highest level. I wanted to win a World Cup and play in the Olympic Games. I was just a kid from a lower-middle class family in Richland, WA. I played with a reckless determination to win and a fearless belief that with my talent and my work ethic, I could accomplish my dreams.
I found myself on the U.S. U-14 team at the age of 12. I went on to play for the United States in every single age group. I spent the better part of 23 years working with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). I know the system. I lived, and breathed the system. My life’s path was determined by their schedule.
I learned at an early age that my family didn’t have the means to pay for me to play club or Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer. Year after year, I knocked on doors to get handouts from neighbors and family friends. My grandparents also supported my never-ending tournament fees. When I made my first regional pool and was asked to stay one extra week, it would have cost my family $500-$600 as a “reward” for their daughter being one of the best players in the region, an honor they could neither afford nor accept.
My parents said no.
As President, I will lead on four core principles:
Create a Winning Culture at USSF
- Build a true American soccer “identity” like other great football nations
- Refocus the USSF on rebuilding a comprehensive development pathway using all available means
- Invest in robust player developmental programs at all levels
- Establish an exclusive soccer-only national training facility
Become The Global Leader in Equality and Women’s Issues
- Achieve Equal Pay for the USWNT and all women in the USSF workplace
- Push for the inclusion of women at all levels of the USSF executive and organizational hierarchy
- Eliminate sexism and discrimination
Make Soccer Accessible to All
- Address the issues of “pay to play”
- Demand socio-economic diversity and inclusion in USSF youth and developmental soccer clubs and USSF player developmental programs
Embody the Highest Standards of Transparency and Good Governance
- Ensure true organizational, operational and financial transparency
- Restructure the roles and functions of Executive Officers and Executive branch of the USSF
Over the past several weeks, I have had many candid and compelling conversations with voters from across the country about the issues that affect you daily. My hope is to connect with each and every one of you in the coming days and weeks. In the interim, please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to learn how I can best address your needs as USSF President:
A World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and winner of the 2011 and 2015 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove awards, Hope Solo is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world. She has more caps, wins, shutouts and starts than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history. In 2015, she achieved her lifelong dream as a player, delivering the USWNT its first World Cup title since 1999.
A native of Richland, Washington, Solo landed on the U.S. U-14 team at the age of 12 and went on to play for the United States in every single age group. As she climbed the ranks, she learned the challenges early on of being an economically disadvantaged player in the youth system, and relied on the generosity of friends, family and her home state to fuel her aspirations.
Following an illustrious collegiate career at the University of Washington, Solo played in every iteration of women’s professional soccer in America including the now defunct WUSA, WPS and W-League, and most recently, the NWSL Seattle Reign.
Solo is recognized as a leader in the fight for equal pay and in 2016, was one of five members of the USWNT to file a wage discrimination claim against the Federation. She has been an influential voice on and off the field, sharing the stage with U.S. senators, heads of state, business leaders and global activists from around the world advocating for women’s rights and gender equality.