Long-time Soccer Executive Runs Unopposed at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2006) — U.S. Soccer’s membership elected long-time U.S. Soccer executive Sunil Gulati as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation by unanimous consent on Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Gulati succeeds Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, stepping down after two successful four-year terms. Gulati, who ran unopposed in the election, has served as U.S. Soccer’s vice president since 2000.
“I am honored to serve our membership in this capacity and look forward to helping to continue to guide our sport through the most prosperous period in our history,” said Gulati. “Across the past decade, a platform for this sport has been built that did not previously exist, and we now have an opportunity in the coming years to achieve more for soccer in the United States than anyone could have ever envisioned 15 or 10 or even five years ago.”
In his acceptance speech, Gulati touched on several new initiatives to be outlined in the next 100 days, including an international relations program, further initiatives in diversity, event hosting and a complete review of all U.S. Soccer technical areas.
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.
A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University, where he currently teaches in the economics department.
U.S. Adult Soccer Association President Mike Edwards of New Mexico steps into the Executive Vice President position, where he will serve the remaining two years on Gulati’s vice presidential term.
In other news at Saturday’s National Council meeting, U.S. Soccer’s membership approved the reduction of the organization’s Board of Directors from 40 to 15. The new Board of Directors will include the President, Vice President, three athlete representatives and two representatives from each of the Adult, Pro and Youth councils. The newly-shaped Board will also include three outside directors serving two year terms (with the current Treasurer fulfilling one of those positions until the conclusion of his current term in 2008). A final position on the Board will be filled by an “at large” representative as voted on by organizational members. Additionally, the immediate past president will serve as a non-voting member.
Both Marty Mankamyer and Howard Rubinstein were voted as Life Members by the National Council, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation saw Francisco Marcos, Charles Marshall and Janusz Michallik re-elected to the organization’s Board of Directors.
SUNIL GULATI BIOGRAPHY
With nearly 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Sunil Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement.
Elected as U.S. Soccer's President in Las Vegas on March 11, 2006, Gulati 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 and teaches in the economics department at Columbia University
The native of Allahabad, India, has played a role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980's and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. He served as U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 before stepping into his role as President.
He has served in numerous other positions for U.S. Soccer, including Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He was also the original Managing Director of U.S. Soccer's Project 2010 and served as Chairman of both U.S. Cup '92 and U.S. Cup '93, two events that helped showcase U.S. Soccer’s rise and prepare the federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA World Cup.
At the highly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer, helping to guide the sport to heights never before seen in the United States. Gulati was also on the original U.S. World Cup bid committee from 1986 to 1988 that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time.
The 1994 World Cup was a spring board to a prominent presence on the international soccer scene for Gulati in representing the United States. He currently represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF National Team Competitions Committee and serves on the FIFA World Club Championship Committee, as well as the FIFA Task Force for Clubs.
Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently a member of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati, 46 and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.
Update March 11, 2006
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