In a lengthy and pointed essay published on Facebook, longtime United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo announced she’d be running for president of U.S. Soccer.
Big news. ⚽️🇺🇸💪https://t.co/45xkV0ogR7
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) December 8, 2017
Solo focused on her experiences growing up as a product of the much-maligned “pay-to-play” system that serves as the main target for many critics of the American soccer structure:
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.
Hope Solo's spokesperson says Solo has the 3 official nominations needed by Tuesday to become an official candidate. If so, Solo will be in the race for full 2 months https://t.co/XV5YWSxEuG
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 8, 2017
Solo’s presence can only be a good thing, and frankly her platform is more reasonable than many views professed by those already in the running. She’s probably not going to win, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make a difference by running.