Carter slammed for wanting Wasserman to lead review of US Soccer
Kathy Carter, a leading contender for the vacant US Soccer presidency, has come under fire for proposing Casey Wasserman (pictured), the prominent sports executive, to lead an independent commission to shape the future of the sport in the country.
Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of Major League Soccer, wants Wasserman, who heads up the sports marketing and talent management agency of the same name and is chair of the Los Angeles organising committee for the 2028 Olympics, to take on the (unpaid) role if she wins the 10 February election.
However, Hope Solo, the women’s national team goalkeeper who is also running for president, has hit out at the suggestion.
She wrote on Twitter: "Another blatant conflict of interest. How can @soccerkcarter propose that the head of a sports agency – one with business ties to the USSF [US Soccer Federation] through representation of numerous athletes on the National Team – lead an 'independent' commission to shape the future of the game? NO."
Carter insists her proposed commission would be independent as it would not include any sitting member of US Soccer’s board or administration. It would look at the structure of all levels of the sport, from grassroots to the national team performance, which is particularly in focus following the men’s team's failure to qualify for this year's World Cup, the first time they will be absent from the tournament since 1986.
She told USA Today: “I have been encouraged by all the passion and ideas from around the country, but I am concerned about how we get the ideas to marry up together... Casey has a great level of diplomacy and many people have suggested that his ability to communicate has been a big part of his success with the LA bid. That quality is something that will resonate very well in our soccer community.”
Eight candidates are competing to replace Sunil Gulati as US Soccer president, with Carter's main rivals thought to be Carlos Cordeiro, the current vice-president of US Soccer, and former professional Eric Wynalda, who won 106 caps for USA, and now works as a commentator for Fox Sports 1.
As well as Solo, the other contenders are former men’s national team players Paul Caligiuri and Kyle Martino and lawyers Steve Gans and Michael Winograd.