ZURICH, Switzerland (April 13, 2006) - New U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter for the first time since taking office on March 11 of this year. Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn traveled to Zurich to meet with Blatter, FIFA's president since 1998, on a number of general topics.
The one day meeting comes 57 days in advance of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, which will mark Gulati's first World Cup as president of U.S. Soccer.
With almost 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement. He 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. At the highly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer and was a member of the original U.S. World Cup bid committee in the 1980s that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time. He also served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently serving on several FIFA committees.
Gulati, who has served on a number of FIFA committees throughout the years, had been U.S. Soccer's vice president since 2000.