Hope Solo to object to U.S. Soccer equal pay deal “to the fullest,” but still will meet with president
After hearing the announcement that U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and soccer icon Alexi Lalas would meet with U.S. Soccer board of governors on Friday, and hearing reports regarding what was agreed on, Alex Morgan could hardly contain her excitement. This meeting had been in the works for months, but when Gulati announced the inclusion of the three U.S. Soccer members — including the legendary Alexi Lalas and a newly elected U.S. women’s soccer coach — a sense of urgency, as well as a certain apprehension that he would somehow be “unexpectedly disappointed in me” seemed to set in.
“I don’t think she’s going to change too many minds,” Morgan said of the U.S. soccer veteran, whom Gulati said, in a tweet, was willing to meet with him if needed. “It’s really important to look at everything. I feel like she’ll probably come down and say, ‘I really hope all three of you are going to meet with me.’ But I’m sure she won’t. She might say something like, ‘Well, I’m not changing anything,’” Morgan said. But, she added, “It’s about her meeting those objectives.”
Morgan, who announced Friday evening that she would be leaving the University of Virginia to join Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in 2013, was a member of two U.S. soccer teams that went all the way to the final round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the past three years: the U.S. women’s national soccer team that finished third in the 2007 World Cup, and the U.S. women’s under-23 national team that finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup.
“I feel like a lot of the teams’ success is because of the players’ individual success,” Morgan said. “It’s