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Candidates for U.S. Soccer President

Candidate bios and photos were provided by the candidates and have been edited for punctuation and spelling.

 Paul CaligiuriKathy Carter | Carlos Cordeiro | Steve Gans | Kyle Martino | Hope Solo | Michael Winograd | Eric Wynalda

FAQ

These FAQs about the 2018 U.S. Soccer Presidential Election are intended to provide a high-level overview of the nomination and election processes as well as answer general questions people may have about the election. For a more detailed explanation of the election process, please reference the above abstract. 

Paul Caligiuri
Paul Caligiuri

Paul Caligiuri has spent his entire life dedicated to The Beautiful Game. His accomplishments as a player are well known: representing the U.S. in the Olympics and two World Cups, playing professionally in the German Bundesliga as well as in Major League Soccer, and, of course, scoring the decisive goal against Trinidad and Tobago in 1989, returning the USMNT to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years. Less publicly known is his immersion in all levels of soccer since retiring which round out his on-field experience to give him a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work in U.S. soccer.

As a college coach for both men and women, a youth coach and director for girls and boys, and manager of semi-pro team OCFC, Paul has been a fierce proponent of developing players from the ground up and will continue this passion and focus as U.S. Soccer President.

As a former U.S.S.F. Board of Directors member and representative on the U.S. Soccer Athletes Council, Paul spearheaded the equal gender policy for committee chairs and will continue to push for gender equality in compensation, amenities and respect.

Paul’s skills as a soccer visionary, consensus builder and leader have enabled him to assemble an advisory team of business executives from several global multi-billion dollar companies. He understands that the business of U.S. Soccer is producing world-class leagues and teams. Paul’s vision is simple: The Product is the Player.

Kathy Carter
Kathy Carter

Kathy Carter’s entire professional career has been in service of growing the sport of soccer in the U.S. While building her career as a successful soccer industry executive, Carter never stopped playing the game she grew up loving. At seven, Carter joined her local youth team and went on to play through club, ODP, and Regional and Youth National Camps. An All-American in High School, she played for the College of William and Mary, and in adult recreational leagues in California, New York, and Virginia.

Carter was most recently the President of Soccer United Marketing (SUM), a position with responsibility for leading more than 100 employees, and managing the business operations for Major League Soccer's (MLS) commercial subsidiary. Carter and her team generated several billion dollars on behalf of the game and were charged with maximizing brands including MLS, U.S. Soccer, the Mexico National Team, Copa América and multiple CONCACAF properties.

Carter has more than two decades of experience supporting the increase of investment in soccer in the U.S. Her career in the sports business began before the 1994 FIFA World Cup, when she worked for the World Cup Organizing Committee. After the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Carter was a founding member of MLS, and then Vice President of Corporate Marketing for MLS from the league’s inception until 1999.

Carter has also helped develop women’s soccer at the international level in her prior capacity as the U.S. representative on FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Carlos Cordeiro
Carlos Cordeiro

A life-long soccer fan, Carlos Cordeiro has served as an unpaid volunteer to USSF for the past 10 years.  As Vice President since 2016, he has worked to reform Board governance with a focus on greater transparency and accountability.  He has also served as Treasurer, Chair of the Budget Committee, Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Federation’s first Independent Director.  In addition, he represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA’s Stakeholders Committee.

A business executive with more than 30 years of experience in international finance, he became a partner at Goldman Sachs in the early 1990s and was later appointed Vice Chairman-Asia.  He advised governments such as Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid South Africa, global corporations, and financial institutions including the World Bank.  Now retired, he continues to serve as an honorary unpaid advisor to the firm.

From 2005 to 2015, he also served as an independent director of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest natural resources company, where he focused on governance, finance and risk management.  

Born to a Colombian mother and a Portuguese father in 1956, Cordeiro immigrated to the United States from India with his widowed mother and three siblings at the age of 15. He became an American citizen ten years later. He is a graduate of Miami Beach High School, Harvard College and Harvard Business School. A dedicated philanthropist, he has supported nonprofit causes that reflect his commitment to education and healthcare and has held director-level positions at several charitable foundations.

Steve GansSteve Gans

Steve Gans is a partner in the Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP, focusing on business, sports and employment law. Steve is also a principal of Professional Soccer Advisors, an international soccer consulting agency. For 18 years Steve helped lead a diversified independent book and publishing company, as an executive (President, CEO and/or COO) and General Counsel.  Steve attended Cornell University and Brandeis University (B.A.), as well as Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.).  Steve is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible ranking for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Steve is the only candidate in the Presidential race who combines deep and continuous soccer experience with extensive organizational leadership and business experience.  Steve’s Platform is one of Leadership, Reform and Fairness: www.stevegans2018.com. Steve’s long and continuous journey in the sport has demonstrated experience in and dedication to the success of every level of soccer in America, from youth to pro, including for example: a) playing from youth to pro (contract with the original Baltimore Blast); b) coaching youth soccer and cheering on as a proud parent from the sideline; c) being a pro soccer front office executive and Development Academy Board member; d) being a World Cup organizer and attorney (Boston WC ’94); and e) being an advisor to clubs (youth and pro), parents and players.

Kyle MartinoKyle Martino

Kyle Martino has played at all levels of U.S. Soccer—from youth, to college, to MLS and the USMNT, to a local adult league today. He was named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1999 and played college soccer at the University of Virginia. After joining the Columbus Crew in 2002, he was named MLS Rookie of the Year. He has been a studio analyst and color commentator on MLS for Fox, ESPN, and is currently on hiatus from NBC where he is the sole American voice covering the English Premier League. 

Kyle’s candidacy is focused around three pillars that support a path forward for US Soccer: Transparency, Equality, and Progress. He believes that path can be paved by integrating the 55 associations to empower the membership to collaborate on holistic solutions.

He is the only candidate who has staked his candidacy on his ability to deliver results, pledging to step down if the U.S. Men’s and Women’s teams fail to meet certain milestones in the years ahead. He is currently traveling the country to speak to stakeholders at all levels of the game to compile a Progress Plan to share publicly ahead of the February election.

Hope SoloHope Solo

A World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and winner of the 2011 and 2015 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove awards, Hope Solo is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world. She has more caps, wins, shutouts and starts than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history.  In 2015, she achieved her lifelong dream as a player, delivering the USWNT its first World Cup title since 1999.  

 

A native of Richland, Washington, Solo landed on the U.S. U-14 team at the age of 12 and went on to play for the United States in every single age group.  As she climbed the ranks, she learned the challenges early on of being an economically disadvantaged player in the youth system, and relied on the generosity of friends, family and her home state to fuel her aspirations.

 

Following an illustrious collegiate career at the University of Washington, Solo played in every iteration of women’s professional soccer in America, including the now defunct WUSA, WPS and W-League, and most recently, the NWSL with Seattle Reign FC. 

 

Solo is recognized as a leader in the fight for equal pay and in 2016, was one of five members of the USWNT to file a wage discrimination claim against the Federation. She has been an influential voice on and off the field, sharing the stage with U.S. senators, heads of state, business leaders and global activists from around the world advocating for women’s rights and gender equality. 

Michael WinogradMichael Winograd

Michael Winograd has the experience and skillset to bridge the soccer and business sides, bring parties together, and lead U.S. Soccer into its critical next phase of growth.

Winograd played Division I college soccer at Lafayette College and professionally in Israel. In 2005, he was a member of the silver medal U.S. Maccabiah Masters soccer team. 

Winograd served as an assistant Men’s Soccer coach at the University of Richmond and later co-started the Staten Island Vipers professional “A-League” franchise.

Since 2009, Winograd has served on the Board of his town’s soccer organization and, in 2008, created, and continues to host, the annual Lafayette College Soccer Career Night in New York City. He serves on his town’s Parks and Recreation Committee and has had the pleasure of coaching his children, who are now USSDA and developmental players.

Winograd graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000 and since then has been a practicing attorney in New York City at some of the nation’s finest corporate law firms, including, for the past six years, Ropes & Gray LLP. He has represented some of the largest banks and companies in their high stakes cases and negotiations. Since 2003, Winograd has been an adjunct law professor at Fordham University Law School. In 2008, he helped create the Legal Mentoring Program for the Harlem Education Advancement Fund, which recently awarded him its long-term volunteer service award.

Winograd lives in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife, Siobhan, and children, Liam and Chloe.

Eric WynaldaEric Wynalda

Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda is one of the most iconic figures in American soccer. A three-time World Cup veteran, Wynalda has 106 caps and is fourth on the all-time scoring list for the US Men’s National Team with 34 goals. 

He was the first American player to break into the prestigious German Bundesliga and first to captain a European club. Named Honda Player of the Decade for the 1990s, he scored the inaugural goal for Major League Soccer. 

Wynalda has coached at almost every level from youth to amateur to professional. As the technical director and eventual head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Wynalda built a team that won the 2013 NASL Spring Championship and was runner up in the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl, working with the smallest budget in the league. 

Wynalda is also responsible for three of the biggest upsets in U.S. Open Cup history: first in 2012 when he led the amateur Cal FC to a 1-0 victory over MLS Portland Timbers. Again in 2014 when the second division Silverbacks defeated MLS’ Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids. 

Since 2002, Wynalda has worked as a television analyst covering every major domestic and international soccer event for both ESPN and Fox. He also hosted WTF: Wynalda Talks Football on Sirius XM, a caller-driven program covering all things soccer from youth development to professional leagues around the world.

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