Category: USSF

US Soccer Federation faces three critical short-term issues

Sunil Gulati is entering perhaps the most critical three-week period of his tenure as US Soccer Federation (USSF) President today. Gulati, who has served since 2006 as the leader of the governing body for the sport in the United States, faces three separate and distinct challenges he must navigate through. 1- US Women’s Equal Pay The ongoing controversy over a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) hit a new level of national conversation Sunday with the airing of a feature on the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. At issue is why exactly the World ... Read more

Without promotion/relegation, USSF is holding back growth of soccer argues report

A new report from one of the most respected analyst firms in the world has sent a loud and clear message to the US Soccer Federation — by preventing promotion/relegation from happening in the United States, the USSF is holding back the growth of soccer in this country. The Deloitte report suggests that as the MLS franchise model reaches maturity, a revised structure can advance the long-term health of the US soccer system. In doing so, US Soccer has a major opportunity to capitalize on growing US interest in soccer and stimulate further growth in the professional club game in the ... Read more

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Images Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country. This Copa America Centenario tournament, with 16 teams including several elite national teams and effectively two host nations, should be an indicator of the appetite for a future World Cup. Unfortunately, despite ticket sales expected to beat Copa America records, the early signs aren’t necessarily promising. As US Men’s National ... Read more

US-Mexico joint World Cup bid is a terrible gamble for US Soccer

FIFA has a money problem. After years of scandals coming to the forefront of people’s attentions and assets being seized in criminal investigations, the organization is finally being hit where it hurts. According to the Associated Press, FIFA’s latest financials showed a loss of $122 million last year, and the organization now has had trouble finding new sponsors in the wake of seemingly repeated misappropriation of funds. While FIFA is still sitting on reserves of over $1 billion, losing this much money (and for the first time losing money in a fiscal year since 2002) is a major cause for concern. ... Read more

5 top female soccer players accuse USSF of wage bias

Photo credit: AFP Five members of the US National Women’s Team said Thursday they have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation alleging wage discrimination, insisting they should be paid the same as their male counterparts. “I think that we’ve proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. And we want to continue to fight,” World Cup MVP Carli Lloyd said in an interview on NBC’s Today show. Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Rebecca Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan filed the complaint ... Read more

MLS may likely seek to control USSF after 2018

Last Friday when MLS Commissioner Don Garber prepared to cast the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ballot for FIFA President, Twitter blew up. The election, which was being broadcast live into American homes by both FOX Sports 1 and ESPN, was a major event in terms of soccer coverage in the United States, a landmark day of sorts. Garber’s casting of the USSF’s ballot in the first round for Prince Ali of Jordan seemed to reinforce to many that the Federation, which is meant to serve as a neutral governing body in the country, and MLS, whose rules and structure ... Read more

USSF continuing Blazer-era closed shop with soccer media giving them a ‘free ride’

A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF. And never mind that the conception of Copa America Centenario that the United States is hosting this summer was directly related to the scandal. For years, the majority of soccer writers in the United States have found making deep-seeded critiques of the ... Read more

US Soccer Federation sues World Cup-winning US Women’s National Team

Photo credit: AFP Fearing a possible walkout on the Rio Olympics by its Women’s World Cup championship side, the US Soccer Federation has filed a lawsuit against its women’s players union. The move, made late Wednesday in US District Court at Chicago, asked the court to confirm the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been in place since 2013 and is set to expire at the end of this year. Richard Nichols, executive director of the Women’s National Team Players Association, told US Soccer he does not believe there to be an agreement in place, a position that would ... Read more