U.S. Soccer Announces Presidential Candidates


U.S. Soccer has announced that eight candidates who submitted documentation to enter the presidential race have met the requirements to stand for election.

To be placed on the ballot, candidates were required to complete a background check and submit at least three letters of nomination from Organization Members and/or one of three Athlete Members of the Board of Directors.


  • Paul Caligiuri – Caligiuri’s career with the USMNT spanned over a decade, during which he earned 110 caps and scored five goals as a defender and defensive midfielder. 
  • Kathy Carter – Most recently the President of Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Carter has experience both as a player and soccer industry executive. A founding member of Major League Soccer (MLS), Carter has also served as the U.S. representative on FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football. 
  • Carlos Cordeiro – A retired business executive with over 30 years of experience in international finance, Cordeiro has served as a USSF volunteer for the past 10 years, and represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA’s Stakeholders Committee. 
  • Steve Gans – A partner in the Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP (focusing on business, sports and employment law), Gans is a principal of Professional Soccer Advisors, an international soccer consulting agency. 
  • Kyle Martino – A former MLS and USMNT player, Martino has been an MLS studio analyst and color commentator for Fox and ESPN, and was most recently covering the English Premier League for NBC. 
  • Hope Solo – A World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist with the USWNT, Solo has extensive experience in the U.S. Soccer system, playing at youth and senior levels and in every iteration of women’s professional soccer in America, including the WUSA, WPS, W-League, and NWSL. 
  • Michael Winograd – A former Division I collegiate and professional player, Winograd currently is an adjunct law professor at Fordham University. 
  • Eric Wynalda –  Currently a television analyst covering soccer events for ESPN and Fox, Wynalda is a three-time World Cup veteran. Wynalda has 106 caps and is fourth on the all-time scoring list for the USMNT. 



The election will take place during U.S. Soccer’s National Council Meeting on Feb. 10. 

Follow us on Twitter