US Soccer President Sunil Gulati won’t resign, undecided on re-election bid

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati told reporters on a conference call on Friday that he will not resign in the wake of the US men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup earlier this week.

Gulati, who has served as USSF president since 2006, said he will decide “in the coming weeks” if he’ll run for re-election when his seat is up in February. There has been considerable public pressure for him to leave his post since the US lost at Trinidad Tobago on Tuesday to miss their first World Cup since 1986.

“No, I don’t plan to resign,” he said. “It’s not the right day for me to talk about my personal future plans in terms of the federation’s presidency.”

Three other candidates – former USMNT forward Eric Wynalda, Paul Lapointe and Steve Gans – have expressed their interest in the presidency in recent months. All will be competing for delegates when the election is held at USSF’s annual general meeting in Orlando, scheduled for February 8-11.

U.S. Soccer guidelines allow Gulati to run for one more four-year term. First elected in March 2006, Gulati oversaw the hiring of Bob Bradley in late 2006 and the hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann in 2011. Gulati then gave Klinsmann a four-year contract extension prior to the 2014 World Cup, only to

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