US Club Soccer presidential candidates forum

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  1. Folsomite

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    I hope it is cool that I post this stuff here.

    Six or seven years ago, I sought out info, eventually found these forums and it was how I learned more about youth soccer. So I thought, I might post some content. Even though it's not directly related to "Trouble in Elk Grove", this stuff directly affects us (for example birth year change, change in field sizes, how much coaching licenses cost and availability, etc.) as the mandates are given by the USSF.

    So, US Club Soccer just held a USSF Presidential Candidate's forum today that most of the candidates participated in (except of course, the old guardsmen, Gulati and Cardeiro). I'm sure the forum (when the audio becomes available) will be most relevant to the group of people that contribute/read this page. The February election is going to affect youth soccer (including DA, ECNL,) MLS, et al. Most of the candidates had insightful thoughts, including the value of HS soccer (Good) and Academies (Mixed Views).

    It is an exciting time and it will be good to hear the whole forum when they post the audio. In the meantime, I rather enjoyed this interview/podcast with Eric Wynalda recorded a couple days ago. Maybe you will too.

    http://343coaching.com/podcast/socc...eal-business-soccer-eric-wynalda-will-change/

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    Here is the audio from the US Club Soccer candidates Forum. Not for the feint of heart; it is four hours long (I don't know if I will care to get through all of it). From a political standpoint, its interesting to listen to their approach to becoming the potential leader of what might be a multi billion dollar industry in the US.
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    Great #metoo moment from Hope:

    Solo was asked about the general problem of sexual harassment in sports when she brought up Blatter:

    Do you think we are at a tipping point of change in society towards these issues? Do you believe the Pandora box has been opened? Everyone knew this was going on for years, in fashion, in sports, in business, but no one was talking about it.

    I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.

    Sorry?

    You know Sepp Blatter?

    Of course.

    OK. I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass [turns towards her press assistant, Melinda Travis]. Can I talk about that? It was at the Ballon D’or one year [Solo presented the FIFA’s women’s player of the year award in January 2013 and shared the stage with the now disgraced former FIFA president], right before I went on stage... It’s been normalized.
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    There is the saying that the sun is the best disinfectant. I am glad Hope Solo is in the race! Hope has been publicly chastised and made an outcast due to various instances both on and off the pitch. Some story lines are fair game and some are not.
    What is great is that she seems to have the voice of someone who has nothing to lose and is not afraid of airing the dirty laundry. She's got the respect of many of her teammates and fans, including myself.
    In order to be an official candidate and show up on the first ballot, she needs to have three official nominations, It will be interesting which nominating parties are risking retribution (from SUM, Gulati, Cordeiro, etc.) for giving Hope Solo a high platform to push for change from a young woman athlete's perspective.
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    Great find thanks for the link...

    Though I do not agree with a number of his statements... putting on a 2 day summit absolutely does not have anything to do with running and building a large organization. He also says zero about the women’s game in fact he does not even interject the notion that any of his answers are thinking about the women’s side.

    To me he sounds like a candidate that is saying the right things (his ideas, as ideas, are very reeasonable... help all of us soccer not just the top tier). Not at all bad but with some areas I would ask questions about.

    My 2 cents

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    Is there a candidate you support? Genuinely curious to hear other POVs. I scanned the bios and no one really stood out (i.e. being a current board member of the federation is a ding for me, being an accomplished attorney doesn't automatically transfer to qualified to lead USSF). Anyone who was part of the disconnected-to-youth decisions board member raises concern of more of the same. It would be great to have a leader that truly drives youth development, growth, and empowers those locally endeavoring to do the same.

    Having and communicating a vision is a good start. I agree, it doesn't prove he has the fortitude to back it up...but I liked it and it's a great start. He didn't focus on the women, but his statements didn't exclude them. They broadly applied to soccer in general (access, regaining trust, serving players, etc..), and someones vision needs to encompass both programs.
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    I like the inclusiveness that he spoke of... a real problem in my mind is an organization the only serves the few that can be national team players thus acts simply like a big talent scout.

    I do not have a favorite candidate though agree an insider is not my preference.

    My two big tickets items are equality in growing the game... to me soccer has the unique ability to appeal equally to male and female athletes, players and fans and being more inclusive, humble and thoughtful in the approach to development.

    M Smith
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