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BC-SOC--USSF President-Solo

January 31, 2018
By The Associated Press

Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the U.S. Olympic Committee, accusing it of illegally favoring Major League Soccer.

Solo, among eight candidates running in the Feb. 10 election to succeed Sunil Gulati as USSF president, said in a 38-page complaint announced Tuesday that “the 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.”

She filed the complaint under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and asked that the USOC place the USSF on probation for up to 180 days and require soccer’s U.S. governing body to correct the conditions she alleges are improper.

USSF spokesman Neil Buethe and USOC spokesman Mark Jones did not respond to emails seeking comment.