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Sunil Gulati Won’t Run for Re-election as U.S. Soccer President

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Sunil Gulati has been the president of U.S. Soccer since 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

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Sunil Gulati will not run for a fourth term as U.S. Soccer president, he said Monday, citing a desire to “to see someone new in the job.”

ESPN was the first to report Gulati’s decision to depart the post, which he has held since 2006. 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.

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. But the United States men’s national team’s failure in October to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia — a crushing disappointment to the team, to Gulati and especially to fans who had come to expect its quadrennial presence in the tournament — allowed long-simmering complaints about Gulati’s leadership and…

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