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News in Brief: Rogers Out for Loons, Kathy Carter and Hope Solo Enter USSF Race, and More

by on 8 December 2017

MNUFC President Nick Rogers moving on

Minnesota United FC announced this week that Nick Rogers is leaving the club. Rogers was previously named President  of the club in 2013 and was instrumental in keeping a professional soccer team in Minnesota. He will not be replaced as president, with new CEO Chris Wright instead filling the Loons’ top spot.

Sunil Gulati forgoing re-election for USSF presidency

US Soccer Federation will elect a new president in February 2018, as current president Sunil Gulati has announced he will not run for re-election. Gulati is expected to remain  head of the committee piecing together the bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Another candidate has entered the ring for president of USSF, one that Gulati could support given their working relationship. Kathy Carter, an executive at Soccer United Marketing, has announced her candidacy. Carter recently helped MLS with their marketing and has worked in the soccer business dating back to her time with the 1994 FIFA World Cup organizing committee. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle recently added Kathy Carter to his growing list of presidential candidates, including percentage changes in winning the election.

Solo bombshell

Perhaps the biggest bombshell to drop in the USSF race was former USWNT goalkeeper, Hope Solo, announcing her candidacy. If Carter enters the race as an establishment candidate, then Solo certainly joins the ranks of the anti-establishment, having bucked up against USSF many times in the past.

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  • Troy Kadlec

    I suspect the possible trade for Venegas is why we exercised his option. That is some fairly astute soccer business if we get something in return…

    • Wes

      yeah, he’s going to be playing in a World Cup. That’s worth something.

  • Clint

    I’m curious what the general feeling is with Rogers out as president. I wrote about my positive thoughts on the recent additions of new leadership. From an external perspective, I can sort of see a “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation having been created. Are there negatives under Rogers’ leadership that were seen by fans? Just curious is all as an out of towner.