Sunil Gulati Elected as President of US Soccer

Sunil Gulati Unanimously Elected as President of U.S. Soccer
LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2006) -- U.S.

Long-time Soccer Executive Runs Unopposed at U.S. Soccer's Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas

Soccer's membership elected long-time U.S. Soccer executive Sunil Gulati as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation by unanimous consent on Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Gulati succeeds Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, stepping down after two successful four-year terms. Gulati, who ran unopposed in the election, has served as U.S. Soccer's vice president since 2000.

"I am honored to serve our membership in this capacity and look forward to helping to continue to guide our sport through the most prosperous period in our history," said Gulati. "Across the past decade, a platform for this sport has been built that did not previously exist, and we now have an opportunity in the coming years to achieve more for soccer in the United States than anyone could have ever envisioned 15 or 10 or even five years ago."

In his acceptance speech, Gulati touched on several new initiatives to be outlined in the next 100 days, including an international relations program, further initiatives in diversity, event hosting and a complete review of all U.S. Soccer technical areas.

With almost 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement. He currently serves as the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, taking the position after serving as Major League Soccer's Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999. At the highly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer and was a member of the original U.S. World Cup bid committee in the 1980s that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time. He also served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently serving on several FIFA committees.

A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University, where he currently teaches in the economics department.

U.S. Adult Soccer Association President Mike Edwards of New Mexico steps into the Executive Vice President position, where he will serve the remaining two years on Gulati's vice presidential term.

In other news at Saturday's National Council meeting, U.S. Soccer's membership approved the reduction of the organization's Board of Directors from 40 to 15. The new Board of Directors will include the President, Vice President, three athlete representatives and two representatives from each of the Adult, Pro and Youth councils. The newly-shaped Board will also include three outside directors serving two year terms (with the current Treasurer fulfilling one of those positions until the conclusion of his current term in 2008). A final position on the Board will be filled by an "at large" representative as voted on by organizational members. Additionally, the immediate past president will serve as a non-voting member.

Both Marty Mankamyer and Howard Rubinstein were voted as Life Members by the National Council, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation saw Francisco Marcos, Charles Marshall and Janusz Michallik re-elected to the organization's Board of Directors.


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