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Sunil Gulati

Quote Sheet: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati


Quote Sheet
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati
Oct. 23, 2012


U.S. Soccer Federation President SUNIL GULATI
On the list of Women’s National Team coaching candidates:
“We had about 25-30 people that we’ve looked at seriously and that list is at seven. Hopefully, in the next 10 days we’ll be able to narrow that down to one and get it going.”

On if there are one or two favorites of the short list:

“A number of them did very well. We were actually very impressed overall with the level of responses we got both in the interviews and interest to start with. Some of those coaches are American based, some are international based so overall I’ve been very pleased with the process in terms of the quality candidates we’ve had in front of us.”

On the timeframe for selecting a new coach:
“That’s always been our target, the end of October, but we don’t have any official games in the next month. We want to make sure we get it right. Jill [Ellis] is available to us going beyond this month if we need to, but my guess is we’re going to be ready by November 1.”

On any new developments for a new women’s professional league:
“We’ve been working very hard on that with a number of investors and our friends at the Canadian Soccer Association and I think over the next 10 days, we’ll have some interesting things to say there as well. It’s very important that we have a place to play, not only for these players, but for the next 20 and 40 and 60 and I think we’ll accomplish that.”

On the interest of current WNT players making a choice between playing domestically or overseas:
“The players always have the opportunity to do that regardless of where they’re playing. We’ve had players playing overseas in the past. We’re certainly going to encourage them to be part of this league and from everything I’ve heard from them and their representatives, they want to do just that. They want to help us build the game in the United States, they want to be available to our new coach for as many games as we want to play, so I think you’ll see most of them staying home.”
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