When the shrill bleat of the referee’s final whistle blew on October 10th at Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Boldon Stadium the U.S. was out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Coach Bruce Arena would soon be out too when he resigned and with Arena out of the way all eyes turned to U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, the man who hired both Arena and his highly paid predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.
With his third term in charge of U.S. Soccer due to expire in February, challengers had already emerged to Gulati’s leadership. For the first time the Columbia University economics professor would face a contested election.
Even before that dismal night in Trinidad and Tobago both Steve Gans and Paul Lapointe had thrown their hats into the ring.
Former U.S. striker Eric Wynalda followed soon after and others are mulling challenges of their own.
So, what do these men, so far there are no announced women candidates, see as the problems facing U.S. Soccer and what would they do to fix those issues?
GotSoccer would like to know too, and so on Saturday, November 11th all the candidates who have indicated they intend to contest the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation have been invited to a two hour Candidates Forum to be held at the 10th annual GotSoccer/GotPro Winter Convention in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Steven Gans, Paul Lapointe, and Eric Wynalda have accepted the challenge. We are waiting to hear from other candidates.
To better inform the interested public the U.S. Soccer Presidential debate will be live-streamed.