Sunil Gulati's tenure as U.S. Soccer President is coming to an end. Gulati has been the federation's president since 2006, but after the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup, the calls for change were louder than ever.
News has surfaced over the last 24 hours suggesting that Sunil Gulati will not run for re-election next year when his time as U.S. Soccer president is up, and now it seems nearly certain that he won't. Reached Monday night, Gulati, who has worked for U.S. Soccer in a variety of roles for about three decades, confirmed his decision but declined further comment.
The federation instituted term limits in 2017 - limiting the president and vice president, its two elected positions - to three four-year terms.
As president, Gulati was responsible for a significant increase in the global profile of American soccer and for the swelling of U.S. Soccer's bank accounts; the federation now sits on reserves of about $100 million. Gulati replaced Chuck Blazer on FIFA's executive committee in 2013 and continues to serve on the renamed FIFA Council. He remains on the FIFA Council and is a key figure aiming to bring the 2026 World Cup to the USA, Mexico and Canada. The exception: Gulati was allowed to run for one more term.
"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 ESPN.com's Sam Borden.
After deciding to stick with Jurgen Klinsmann entering a second World Cup cycle, the US ultimately fired him in November 2016 after a pair of losses in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. "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".
"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 told ESPN FC.
Kathy Carter, the head of the USSF's marketing partner Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is also reported to be mulling a run.
ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle wrote: "Carter will be seen by some quarters as representing the status quo".