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Gulati, Goaziou Re-Elected to U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors Posts

NEW YORK (Sunday, March 7, 2004) – Two members of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Board of Directors Executive Committee were re-elected and three members of the U.S. Soccer Foundation were elected as the 2004 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting concluded on Sunday, March 7 in New York.

At Sunday’s National Council Meeting, Executive Vice President Sunil K. Gulati and Treasurer William J. Goaziou were both unanimously re-elected to four-year terms. Gulati will serve his second term after previously being elected to his first term in New York City, the city in which he makes his home. For Goaziou, this will mark his fifth term as Treasurer with his service in the position dating to 1994.

“We are excited to have both Sunil and Bill back on board for another term,” said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. “Both have a tremendous track record of dedication to this sport. They have been instrumental in the strides we have made in the last four years, and we look forward to working with them for the next four years to continue improving the Federation.”

U.S. Soccer’s membership also unanimously approved a lifetime membership for Hank Steinbrecher, the past Secretary General of the Federation.

Three at-large members of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors were also elected at the National Council Meeting. Charlie Stillitano and Kevin Payne were re-elected, and former U.S. Women’s National Team player Linda Hamilton was elected for a first term. Stillitano is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the board, and Payne serves as the Secretary.

The AGM serves as U.S. Soccer’s national meeting with all constituents from the youth, adult, professional and athlete councils. Representatives from each of these councils use the four-day event to discuss administrative issues, to review and vote on rule changes, and to elect new officers.

"The Annual General Meeting once again was a great way for our membership to come together and meet face-to-face and share ideas," said Contiguglia. "Those that attend the AGM are there to be heard, and this type of open forum allows every voice in the U.S. Soccer family to share an opinion and initiate change."