Sunil Gulati Will Not Run For Re-Election As President Of US Soccer

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2017

Gulati, who has led the federation since 2006, had been mulling whether to seek a fourth-term as president since the U.S. men's national team failed in October to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati said Monday he will not seek re-election next year as the fallout from the USA's failure to qualify for the World Cup claimed another victim.


Gulati and U.S. Soccer as a whole faced harsh criticism after the men's national team's World Cup miss, including from former national team player Taylor Twellman.

Bruce Arena's side suffered shock exit from the Russian World Cup qualification, losing to Trinidad and Tobago in their final game, after which Arena quit his coach post immediately. And to be honest, I think at this point, that's overshadowed a lot of other things that are important. Gulati certainly deserved his share of the blame for that disaster, not least because of his dubious decisions to extend Jurgen Klinsmann's contract months before Brazil 2014 and his far-too-late removal of Klinsmann in November 2016. Federation Internationale de Football Association will award the World Cup at a June 13 vote. Head coach Bruce Arena stepped down following the loss, leaving the team now without a man in charge. The current candidates are (in alphabetical order): Paul Caligiuri, Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Paul Lapointe, Kyle Martino, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda. It's about 4 million registered players, referees, medical safety, grassroots stuff.


Gulati told ESPN in an interview that he had decided not to enter the battle for the presidency of the USSF, which has seen several candidates enter the running.

A report from SI.com's Grant Wahl on Twitter lists Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter as a potential US Soccer presidential candidate.


Gulati did not tell ESPN which of the candidates he would endorse. He has made his decision, he said, and is just starting to get used to the reality that his tenure is coming to an end. "This was a very, very hard decision for me to make".

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