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Sunil Gulati will not seek re-election as US Soccer president

Sunil Gulati will not seek re-election as US Soccer president

The news that Gulati won't lead the next generation of U.S. Soccer was welcomed by fans.

Following the failure of the USMNT to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the pressure increased for change at US Soccer.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced on Monday that he won't seek re-election in the upcoming USSF vote.

Gulati told Borden the decision not to run was a "very, very hard decision" but it is ultimately not a surprise. Head coach Bruce Arena stepped down following the loss, leaving the team now without a man in charge. I fully expect Gulati will serve out his four-year term on the powerful FIFA Council through 2021, a job that pays him around $300,000 a year.

Gulati has spearheaded the efforts for the 2026 bid committee, and his power base inside Federation Internationale de Football Association remains high. He remains a Federation Internationale de Football Association vice-president and chairperson of the North America joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. (The USSF presidency has paid him nothing.) Also, Gulati will potentially head the organizing committee for World Cup 2026 if the combined USA-Mexico-Canada bid beats Morocco to win the hosting rights next June 13 in Moscow.

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"I've met all seven who have declared their candidacies, and there are lots of different thoughts among them about what's important", Gulati said of the seven candidates in his interview with ESPN FC. The exception: Gulati was allowed to run for one more term. "But in the end, I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job".

Seven candidates have been running, though of the five who were asked at last week's U.S. Club Soccer session with the youth organization's board of directors, only two confirmed they had the three letters of support necessary to run. It's about 4 million registered players, referees, medical safety, grass-roots stuff.

ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle wrote: "Carter will be seen by some quarters as representing the status quo". Kathy Carter, president of MLS's marketing subsidiary Soccer United Marketing, is considering a bid.

Carter would replace Gulati in the field of eight candidates, should she decide to run, and she would be the only female in contention for the position.


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