Sunil Gulati

U.S. Soccer

Canada, Mexico, U.S. officially form World Cup Bid Committee

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Though its creation shocks nobody, the official formation of the 2026 World Cup bid committee by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. is a significant step towards hosting the upcoming 48-team World Cup.

In an official statement, the bid committee, named United 2026, was unveiled by officials from the three confederations, who laid out its structure and operations.

Report: Boston attorney Gans considering challenging Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

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For the past three elections, Sunil Gulati has run opposed for the role of U.S. Soccer president, but it appears he may finally face a challenger in the next election.

Speaking to the Washington Post,Steven Gans, a Boston attorney who has worked in soccer in a variety of different roles, says he is considering running in the next election.

Gulati 'pleased' as FIFA approves fast-tracking of 2026 World Cup process

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North America won't have exclusive bidding rights to the 2026 World Cup, but FIFA did approve the fast-tracking process to determine hosting duty, making the path a bit easier for the combined bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

At Wednesday's FIFA congress, FIFA officially approved the fast-tracking process with ninety-three percent of the 209 members voting in favor of the plan.

Gulati confident in joint bid following extensive negotiation process

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The process of putting together a World Cup bid is just that: a process. There are so many discussions, so many hurdles to clear to prepare for the decisions to come. Long before the formality of it all is revealed to the world, so much work is done behind the scenes, away from the bright lights that will hopefully come.

Gulati: U.S. 2026 World Cup bid 'secondary' to immigration ban

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Though confirming the potential for a 2026 U.S. World Cup bid was still in discussion and not yet decided, USSF president Sunil Gulati stated that any bid concerns were 'secondary' to the Trump administration's current immigration ban.

Among the myriad concerns originating from the immigration ban from several predominantly Muslim countries, a potential U.

Sunil Gulati speaks out against Hope Solo's 'highly inapropriate' postgame comments

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Hope Solo caused shockwaves with her comments following the U.S. Women's National Team's surprising loss to Sweden, prompting U.S. Soccer's president to speak out.

Sunil Gulati called Solo's postgame comments "highly inappropriate" in the aftermath of the USWNT's Olympic quarterfinal elimination.

Gulati shoots down reports of combined Copa America, Gold Cup

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Sunil Gulati admits that a tournament similar to the Copa America Centenario could be a possibility for the future, but the U.S. Soccer president insists that talks of ongoing discussions are a bit premature.

According to Gulati, there have been no discussions between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL with regards to combining the Copa America and Gold Cup.

Gulati says no decisions made on 2026 World Cup, joint bid with Mexico

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Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.

According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.

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Major Link Soccer: Sunil Gulati speaks on the current international climate

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In lead-up to the USMNT's first game under Bruce Arena, Sunil reminds us of the bigger picture.

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Sunil Gulati publicly addressed how the current political climate will impact the United State's efforts for a World Cup bid, saying that it runs secondary to resolving the executive order.

Klinsmann fired as US coach

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Chicago (AFP) Former Germany player and coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, had been in charge of the US since 2011.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the "difficult decision" without naming a replacement.

Klinsmann fired as US coach

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Chicago (AFP) Former Germany player and coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, had been in charge of the US since 2011.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the "difficult decision" without naming a replacement.

Trump vote won’t affect US World Cup bid decision

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Columbus (AFP) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States would not impact any decision the country may make to bid for the 2026 World Cup, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said on Friday.

The US is considered favourite to host the tournament with the bidding process expected to get under way next year.

Gulati hints that Trump election could impact future tournaments

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Republican presidentialcandidate Donald Trump has created waves with some of his comments throughout the campaigning process, but could a potential White House bid affect the United States' chances of hosting another major soccer tournament?

Philadelphia Union

Stewart says Union looking for “controlling midfielder,” Simpson notes, league news, more

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Earnie Stewart says Union still searching for new signings. Insight on Jay SImpson. Union second most popular MLS team among Combine participants. More news.

Jones and Trusty get US U-20 call up, MLS Cup final on Saturday, league news, more

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US U-20 call ups for Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty and other Union bits. MLS Cup final on Saturday. Garber quotes. NASL update. Blatter feels disrespected. More.

Union top Crew, league results, Solo suspended, Pulisic!, more

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Rookies lead the way in win over Crew. Midweek match results. Hope Solo suspended for 6 months. Stoke reportedly wants Christian Pulisic. More.

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Some Soccer News for Dec 8, 2016

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It's Day 343 of 2016.


For the first time one of the highly regarded members of the American soccer media is calling for Sunil Gulati to make way for someone new to lead US Soccer. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
  • Lots of criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann in this article too.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Your links for November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you're thankful for things besides Jurgen Klinsmann getting sacked. Here are your links for today.

U.S. Soccer boss tackles questions about Jurgen Klinsmann firing, Bruce Arena hiring | The Washington Post
Selected excerpts from Sunil Gulati's conference call with reporters.

Arena named USMNT manager, Montreal and Seattle win Conference final first leg games, more

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Arena named USMNT head coach. Montreal and Seattle win conference final first legs but Toronto and Colorado score vital road goals. More news.

Jurgen Klinsmann fired as head coach of United States men's national soccer team

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U.S. Soccer has parted ways with U.S. National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Blake named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, more news

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Blake wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. More Union bits. Area teams eliminated from NCAA tournament. Stadium plan for St. Louis MLS expansion bid. US Soccer considering Klinsmann replacements since late in 2015. More news.

Pontius named MLS Comeback Player of the Year, Blake named PST’s Goalkeeper of the Year, more

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More end-of-season awards for the Union. Villanova, Delaware, and Rider begin NCAA championship tournament play tonight. More Klinsmann talk.

Blake named Goal.com’s Goalkeeper of the Year, US humiliated in Costa Rica, more

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Blake wins Goalkeeper of the Year and other Union news. Calls for Klinsmann to be fired grow louder after shambolic 4-0 World Cup qualification loss to Costa Rica. More news..

Gulati says discussions will be had before deciding Klinsmann's USMNT future

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Onequestion popped into everybody's mind following the U.S. Men's National Team's putrid loss to Costa Rica: Is this the end of the road for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann?

The U.S. suffered an embarrassing 4-0 road defeat to Costa Rica on Tuesday night, prompting media members and fans across the United States to wonder afterwards if this was it for Klinsmann.

BSFC’s Burke scores winner in Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup win, Richter PK powers Cosmos to title, USA-Mexico fallout, more news.

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Blake captains Jamaica in Caribbean Cup qualifier as Burke scores game winner. Ryan Richter scores championship winning PK for Cosmos. Fallout for US loss to Mexico. More news.

Sunil Gulati believes USMNT has made progress against world's elite

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NEW YORK When Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team five years ago, one of his stated goals was to help the Americans go "toe-to-toe" with the world's elite on a more consistent basis.

This week's ugly loss aside, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has seen progress in that regard.

Union face Fire tonight, US wilts against Argentina, more news

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Union host Chicago Fire tonight. US dominated by Argentina in 4-0 Copa semifinal loss. More news.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica Review

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Clint Dempsey called it a must-win, and win they did.

What a difference 90 minutes makes.

The internet was swirling with rumors that Jurgen Klinsmann's job could be at stake before the game. There were no changes to the lineup from the poor showing against Colombia. Sunil Gulati, US Soccer Federation President, was seen down on the field talking to Klinsmann during pregame warmups.

Union bits, US crushes Costa Rica, more news

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Union bits and bobs. US roars back from defeat to Colombia with 4-0 thrashing of Costa Rica. Gulati says no talks over US becoming permanent host to Copa America. More news.

Major Link Soccer: Calm, Cool, and Collected

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The USMNT remained Calm under the pressure of a must win game, U.S. veterans played it Cool and with style, and the U.S. Collected a much needed win.

Copa América

The U.S. needed a win Tuesday night and the veterans came through with Clint Dempsey leading the charge by notching his 50th goal for the red, white, and blue.

Copa America 2016

CONMEBOL, CONCACAF presidents open to future joint tournaments

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NEW YORK The Copa America Centenario might only be the start of joint-competitions between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams.

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez and CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani both stated during a press conference in Manhattan on Friday that they are not opposed to havingfuture tournaments that would include nations from both confederations.

Gulati acknowledges achievement despite humbling USMNT loss

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Tuesday night's 4-0 loss against Argentina hurt all parties involved within the U.S. Men's National Team, but U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati still believes the side accomplished a great deal this summer despite the defeat.

"I was feeling a lot better about it three or four hours ago, but it's a strange feeling right now as we've gotten to the semifinals, which is an accomplishment," Gulati said following the defeat.

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Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

The Rest

NWSL commissioner Plush steps down

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As the NWSL enters its fifth season of play in April, the league will be searching for a new commissioner after current leader Jeff Plush stepped down.

The league announced on Thursday that Plush has opted to leave his position as commissioner in order to pursue new opportunities. Plush had been in charge of the NWSL since taking over inJan.

Major Link Soccer: Pro/Rel isn't for America

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Sunil Gulati shares his feeling on promotion relegation in America, remember the name Timothy Tillman, and watch Goals of the Week.

Major League Soccer

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati offered his explanation for why promotion/relegation is not implemented in the United States–and isn't likely to be anytime soon.

Curtin's remarks on Union scrimmage, PRO hires Howard Webb: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/8/17

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Hump Day Links.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin on scrimmage against U-17 USMNT: "Today was good preparation as we move forward into preseason"
Here's some words from Jim Curtin on today's scrimmage.

MLS News

PRO hire Howard Webb to manage Video Assistant Referee operations
With MLS introducing the testing of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) this season, the Professional Referee Organization announced on Tuesday the appointment of retired FIFA referee Howard Webb as Manager of VAR Operations.

Soccer world mourns Chapecoense tragedy, Eastern Conference champ decided tonight, more

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Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.

Major Link Soccer: No US/Mexico World Cup?

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Sunil Gulati pumps the brakes. Tim Howard is ready to step back in goal for the US. Nike might be breaking the billion mark when it comes to number of euros they are paying to make Barçelona's kits.

US Soccer

US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati is throwing some water on the hot rumors that the US and Mexican federations were in discussions over presenting a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, denying the reports and saying no decisions have been made.

Some Soccer News for Apr 1, 2016

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It's Day 92 of 2016.


US Soccer president Sunil Gulati held an emergency press conference last night to explain their side of the complaint filed by the USWNT players association over pay discrimination. Details by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
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