Eight Athletes Selected to U.S. Soccer Board of Directors
Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey was elected as Chair of the Athlete's Council, with Cam Rast being named Vice Chair. Rast, who will also serve as the council's primary representative to the USOC, is currently an assistant with the U.S. Under-17 National Team. Six other players were named Athlete Council representatives, including current MLS players John Doyle, John Harkes and Peter Vermes, all U.S. National Team veterans. Current professional coaches Fernando Clavijo and John Kerr Jr., also veterans of the U.S. Men's National Team were also elected as reps, as was Amanda Cromwell, an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Women's National Team. In addition to her role as Athlete Council Chair, Harvey will also serve as the alternate representative to the USOC.
At the meeting, the council heard presentations from U.S. Soccer Secretary General, Dan Flynn, as well as Jim Hamilton and Herb Giobbi of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Both presentations were well received by the athletes, who expressed their commitment to relaying the information to the larger athlete constituency through their various teams.
During the productive one-day session, the athletes also adopted an Athlete Council Code of Conduct, setting forth the expectation of participation, commitment and purpose of the U.S. Soccer Athlete's Council. In addition, the council passed a motion to codify the right of every member of the U.S. Soccer Athlete's Council to vote his/her conscience on every issue the Athlete's Council, the National Council, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.