Another candidate could join the field for the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election.
Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter told ESPN that she is considering running for the presidency of U.S. Soccer. According to ESPN, Carter is in “the final stages” of finalizing her bid with her chances of running at “95 percent.”
According to the report, if Carter does run, the decision could be an indicator that Sunil Gulati would not seek reelection as Carter’s campaign comes at the urging of both Gulati and MLS commissioner Don Garber.
“I am exploring a run for President of the United States Soccer Federation because soccer can and should become the leading sport in America, and I believe I could help make that vision a reality,” Carter said in a statement to ESPN.
“The game of soccer has been a consistent thread through every aspect of my life. I have spent over 40 years as a player, executive and fan of the beautiful game. Going forward, our growth and advancement as a sport requires excellence at every level — from our youth and adult programs to our professional leagues and our national teams.”
Carter’s experience within the game comes from the business side, as she previously served as served as a vice president for Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the LA Galaxy. In addition, she served as MLS’ vice president of corporate marketing and was on the organizing committee for the 1994 World Cup.
“Should I decide to run, I will first look to engage the federation’s many stakeholders as part of the process,” she said. “I believe we need new ideas and I look forward to listening to fresh perspectives on how to advance our game. The federation and our sport is primed for greatness and I will enter the race if I believe I can help to deliver results for the Federation’s members, players, and fans.”
The field currently includes former U.S. internationals Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino, current USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, attorney Steve Gans, businessman Paul Lapointe, and attorney Mike Winograd.