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.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) December 5, 2017
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.
I'm excited to announce my candidacy for President of @ussoccer. Soccer can, and should, become the leading sport in America, and I intend to make that vision a reality. Thrilled for you to get to know me and my vision for the game. https://t.co/8NVQanibat pic.twitter.com/n5TZWnT1SN
— Kathy Carter (@soccerkcarter) December 5, 2017
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.
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.
Big news. ⚽️🇺🇸💪https://t.co/45xkV0ogR7
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) December 8, 2017
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