After two months of silence, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced that he will not seek re-election.
"I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and I talked about it with people in different positions:" Many of them told me I should run, "Gulati told ESPN FC on Monday. , I think the best thing for me personally and for the federation is to see someone new at work. "
On Sunday, Grant Wahl reported that Gulati was considering supporting the president of Soccer United Marketing, Kathy Carter, who has not yet He has stated that he is running, Gulati did not make an endorsement while announcing that he would not show up on Monday.Another badociate of Gulati, US Soccer Vice President Carlos Cordeiro, announced that he will run.
Former players of the men's national team Kyle Martino, Paul Caligiuri and Eric Wynalda have also declared their candidacy, along with Boston lawyer Steve Gans, long-time football executive Paul Lapointe, and former player and general manager Michael Winograd. idatos have until December 12 to finalize their entry into the field with the nominations of three delegates from the USSF.
Gulati has been president of US Soccer since 2006. Previously, he served as executive vice president of the USSF, was deputy commissioner of MLS, and was president of Kraft Soccer, directing business operations for the New England Revolution and related properties. He was appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee in 2013 and has led a bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The revisions of Gulati's reign as president of soccer in the United States have been mixed. His critics will say he did not do enough to promote grbadroots soccer and the development of youth soccer, that his oversight of the USSF's relationship with MLS was detrimental to low division football, and that he did a poor job of hiring and firing team coaches. His supporters will say that he turned American football into a big business, and that the surplus of $ 140 million reported by the federation is mainly due to his leadership.
Gulati may not be the person with the right ideas to boost American football. But thanks to Gulati, the businessman, his successor will have the necessary funds to push the federation in the direction you want.