Olympic gold medalist and soccer star Hope Solo opened up about her struggles with fertility, revealing she nearly died after she miscarried during her bid for president of the United States Soccer Federation last year.
The 37-year-old World Cup winner in the July issue of Elle revealed she and her husband Jerramy Stevens had been trying to have a child for “a long period” of time when she learned she was pregnant in 2018. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
A week after her miscarriage, Solo learned that she’d actually been carrying twins – and one of them was ectopic. The condition occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself to a place outside the uterus.
“The doctor said I was hours from dying,” she told the magazine. “They ended up having to remove my Fallopian tube.”
But none of that stopped the former United States goalkeeper from delivering her speech at the United States Soccer Federation presidential election in Orlando just days later.
“That speech took a lot,” she admitted. “Even before all that, it would have taken courage.”
Solo in December 2017 announced her candidacy for president of USSF with an impassioned Facebook post, accusing the federation of favoring men’s soccer over the women’s team.
“I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF, that could give so much more to our communities across the nation,” she wrote.
“The only way for American soccer to propel itself on the world’s stage is by creating a culture that is diverse and by shedding a mentality that is no longer acceptable.”
The former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team member said she never expected to win the presidency. Instead she simply hoped to use her voice to amplify issues within the league, including equal pay for female and male soccer players.