Sunil Gulati Unanimously Re-elected as President of U.S. Soccer
• Gulati Runs Unopposed at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in New Orleans
• Four New Members Elected to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors
• Dr. Bob Contiguglia Presented with 2010 Werner Fricker Builder Award
CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2010) – U.S. Soccer’s membership re-elected Sunil Gulati as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation by unanimous consent on Saturday at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. Gulati, who ran unopposed in the election, will be entering his second four-year term after having served as U.S. Soccer’s President since 2006.
“I am honored to continue to serve our US Soccer as President,” said Gulati. “We’ve seen significant growth of soccer in the United States in the past 25 years and we have the opportunity to continue that progress. I look forward to that process.”
Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights. During the past four years as President, Gulati has continued his mission of improving soccer in the United States by taking an active approach on improving the structure and development of the sport in the country, while also reaching out to broaden the organization’s relationships within the international community. Gulati 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 and teaches in the economics department at Columbia University.
The native of Allahabad, India, has played a role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980's and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. He also served as U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 before stepping into his role as President.
As Chairman of the USA Bid Committee, Gulati is spearheading the USA’s effort to earn the right to play host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. A veteran of the process after also serving on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Gulati is supremely qualified to help bring the world’s game back to the shores of the Unites States.
In other news at Saturday’s National Council meeting, Richard Groff and Tonya Antonucci were elected as new members of U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors. Groff replaced Brooks McCormick, while Antonucci replaced Kevin Payne on the Board. Also, the Athlete Council voted to approve Danielle Fotopoulos and Jeff Agoos as the new athlete representatives on the Board of Directors, replacing Peter Vermes and Amanda Cromwell.
Both Gerhard Mengel and Stephen Flamhaft were voted as Life Members by the National Council, and the U.S. Soccer Federation also saw Dr. Donna Shalala re-elected as an Independent Director to the organization’s Board of Directors.
Former U.S. Soccer President Dr. Bob Contiguglia was presented with the 2010 Werner Fricker Builder Award. The annual award, which honors the late U.S. Soccer President Werner J. Fricker, is presented to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement.
During Contiguglia’s tenure as U.S. Soccer President from 1998-2006 several important soccer milestones were achieved, including a U.S. Women’s National Team victory in the spectacularly successful 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the largest women’s sporting event in history, the tremendous run to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup, and an Olympic Gold Medal won by the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.