U.S. soccer president tells CNN more misconduct cases reported to U.S. Soccer
May 2, 2018
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, left, applauds the crowd’s cheers during a U.S. national soccer team match against Mexico in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday.
(CNN) — It was not the first time that Sunil Gulati has faced calls to resign — or to resign early over some of the issues he faced in the U.S. national soccer team’s investigation into a range of misdeeds committed against women’s soccer and other U.S. women’s teams, including the 2017 friendly against Japan in Baltimore that saw U.S. Soccer hand the game to its neighbor to the north.
“I think it’s the first time that I’ve been called to resign from a high level, high profile job, and I don’t think it will be the last,” Gulati said.
“I would also say that I have always known that if I were ever asked to resign, and I am not, then I would certainly consider it and talk to them about it, and then I would make my decision.”
Gulati, who led the U.S. women’s national team into three of its four Olympic victories since the Beijing games of 2008, was named the U.S. Soccer Federation’s new president last October. He was hired by a board that had been without a president since 2006.
But Gulati’s tenure has been beset by other issues — most notably a culture within the national team and U.S. Soccer that had an impact on its players and those of other national teams around the world.
According to The New York Times, Gulati and his chief of staff, Steve Sustainable, faced criticism for the way they handled a 2012 investigation