Hope Solo: “USSF’s paramount concern has become protecting and nurturing the MLS, even if at the expense of other stakeholders, including those involved in professional women’s and amateur soccer.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
Hope Solo might be running for U.S. Soccer Federation president, but that didn’t stop the former goalkeeper from taking a big shot at the organization Tuesday.
She filed a complaint with the United States Olympic Committee, claiming the federation was neglecting its duties to the sport in favor of propping up Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing.
Solo contended that the current administration’s apparent back of Kathy Carter, who has taken a leave of absence as president of SUM, will continue what has troubled the federation.
“USSF’s paramount concern has become protecting and nurturing the MLS, even if at the expense of other stakeholders, including those involved in professional women’s and amateur soccer,” Solo said in her complaint.
“U.S. Soccer has become blinded to its fundamental obligation to develop soccer in America. Because of the power, prestige, status and money flowing from the federation’s alliance with Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, the USSF’s priority has become protecting and building the MLS, at the expense of our youth, the women’s game and our place in the global game.”
Solo claimed the federation was in violation of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which in part allows the USOC to give organizations governing power regarding individual sports.
“The campaign has also made me acutely aware that the USSF’s conflicts of interests and other governance transgressions are so alarming that we can’t wait for the results of the presidential election to take action,” Solo wrote in a blog.
Solo, who earned 202 caps for her country, won the 2015 Women’s World Cup and two Olympic gold medals during her 17-year international career.
She has not played for the U.S. since the 2016 Rio Olympics, after receiving a six-month ban for calling rivals Sweden “a bunch of cowards,” after the Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Solo is one of eight candidates vying for the presidency, which will be decided at the federation’s Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 10.