When Hope Solo announced last month that she was running for president of the United States Soccer Federation, you could almost hear the sound of eyes rolling. Solo, the former women’s national team goalkeeper, wants to become president of the federation that fired her 16 months ago and then settled a grievance with her? Was this a joke? A publicity stunt? A terrible idea? No. No. And no.
“I’ve taken a step away after being so involved in women’s soccer and taken a bird’s-eye view of what’s important to me,” Solo said Friday in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, her first interview since announcing her candidacy. “I realize I need to do more.”