The NASL announced today that it supports Eric Wynalda’s candidacy for President of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal released the following statement:
“I am proud to announce that the NASL and its member clubs unanimously support Eric Wynalda to become the next President of the United States Soccer Federation. Eric is a soccer visionary who knows how to lead by inclusion and empowerment. He was a pioneer when he became one of the first American players to achieve success as a professional player abroad and that experience left him unafraid to challenge the status quo. Eric is best equipped to deliver an increase in opportunity for all stakeholders and end the conflicts of interest that limit the sport’s growth. There are foundational issues plaguing the sport in our country and Eric’s extensive background
, including being a member of the Hall of Fame, uniquely positions him well to lead the development of soccer and not just the business of soccer.”
After a lengthy playing career that included the U.S. national team, the Bundesliga, Liga MX, Major League Soccer, and the USL, Wynalda served as a coach and technical director for the Atlanta Silverbacks during their tenure in the NASL. The NASL votes as part of the Professional Council of the USSF.
The roundtable discussion on the future of soccer in the U.S. continued on beIN SPORTS USA as the topic shifted to promotion and relegation. NASL Interim Commissioner provided his thoughts on the subject here: bit.ly/2u6o5h7