CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2017) – As of 12 a.m. today, U.S. Soccer has received three or more letters of nomination for eight (8) potential candidates for the office of President of U.S. Soccer. Background checks are still being completed on a number of potential candidates who submitted their authorization form Tuesday evening.
To afford the time necessary to properly complete all background checks, and in the interest of ensuring a level playing field, the Nominating and Governance Committee will formally confirm the slate of candidates when the background check process has been completed for each of the eight potential candidates. Background checks are required by U.S. Soccer Bylaw 401, Section 5.
The Nominating and Governance Committee is authorized by Bylaw 431 to oversee “the process for nominating candidates for elective office and for determining their eligibility to hold office.” The process the Committee is following is: (1) to review the nomination letters received to ensure there are sufficient nominations/letters of support submitted by organization members and/or athlete members of the Board of Directors; and (2) to ensure the individual has completed a background check with the National Center for Safety Initiatives and that no conviction or no contest plea to a felony or crime of moral turpitude was reported.
Provided the candidate has met each prerequisite, they will be confirmed on the candidate slate. Once the process is complete, the slate will be announced. The Committee has no plans to make public the nomination letters or the number received by any candidate on the final slate.