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United States soccer president will not seek re-election

05 December 2017

Gulati had a 12-year run with the USA, but following the uproar following the failure to qualify, tension around the program began to mount. While his decision isn't a surprise given the US failure to qualify for World Cup 2018, Gulati had demurred on addressing his future plans since the qualification collapse in October.

Sunil Gulati has chose to end his 12-year reign as U.S. Soccer president by not running in February's election, and the initial reaction is: Maybe the United States is finally becoming a soccer country.

Carter could make a decision on running within the "next 48 hours", according to ESPN FC. Gulati brought back former manager Bruce Arena, but a stunning sequence of events capped by a US loss at Trinidad & Tobago in October provoked calls for a complete housecleaning at the federation.

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"I'm going to spend a lot of time over the next six months trying to win an election - and that election is to bring the 2026 World Cup here", Gulati said. Gulati replaced Chuck Blazer on FIFA's executive committee in 2013 and continues to serve on the renamed FIFA Council.

"I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and talking about it with people in many different positions-many of whom told me I should run", Gulati said in a statement to's Sam Borden.

Gulati, an economist who remains a member of the Federation Internationale de Football Association council, is also the chairman of the joint USA/Canada/Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup. "I think several of them would be in for a pretty big shock about what the job is - it's not just about national teams". The exception: Gulati was allowed to run for one more term.

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Gulati took over as U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and has run unopposed in every subsequent election. He also was deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer from its launch until 1999; and president of Kraft Soccer Properties, which operates the New England Revolution of MLS. It's about 4 million registered players, referees, medical safety, grassroots stuff.

If Carter runs, she'd become the establishment candidate and likely have Gulati's support.

Kathy Carter, the head of the USSF's marketing partner Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is also reported to be mulling a run.

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United States soccer president will not seek re-election