Solo made her comments during an onstage interview at the Hashtag Sports conference where she said that the expense of the game has robbed the U.S. Soccer Federation of new talent by pricing Hispanics and blacks out of the sport.
“We have alienated the Hispanic communities.
We have alienated our black communities.
We have alienated the underrepresented communities, even rural communities, so soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport,” Solo told moderator Bonnie Bernstein.
“Then we have to ask ourselves: Well, no wonder why we are not qualifying for the World Cup when we have alienated a huge population of really talented youth soccer players.