A spokesperson for Solo told SI.com's Grant Wahl she has the three letters of support from member organizations needed to run.
The race for U.S. Soccer president took yet another twist as Hope Solo - suspended by the federation in 2015 and 2016 at the tail end of her playing career - announced she is running.
In a long essay about her decision to run, Solo detailed her roots as an underprivileged youth who couldn't afford the financial demands of the sport.
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- Push for equal pay for the US women's national team and all women in the federation workplace and inclusion of women at all levels of the federation.
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The 36-year-old Solo anchored the US team in goal during its 2015 Women's World Cup championship run. She has not announced her retirement from club or global play. Afterward, Solo called the Swedes "cowards" for their style of play.
- She was arrested in June 2014 on two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert, and Obert's son in an early-morning altercation.
"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 last played in a game when the USA was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.
Hope Solo, the controversial soccer star who is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in U.S. soccer history, made the surprise announcement Thursday night that she is running for U.S. Soccer president. Later, Nichols was pushed out by the USWNT players, who went on to sign a new collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer.
The other candidates: Steve Gans, attorney based in Boston; Paul Lapointe, Massachusetts regional director of United Premier Soccer League; Kyle Martino, former professional soccer player and current TV analyst; Michael Winograd, lawyer and former professional player and general manager in the A-League; and Eric Wynalda, former professional soccer player and head coach and current analyst.