US Club Soccer to host U.S. Soccer President Candidate Forum, Tuesday in Chicago (UPDATE)

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26 Nov US Club Soccer to host U.S. Soccer President Candidate Forum, Tuesday in Chicago (UPDATE)

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the inclusion of Michael Winograd in the forum. Additionally, US Club Soccer clarified its positions regarding announced candidates and any other candidates that may not be attending.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Nov. 27, 2017) – US Club Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer President Candidate Forum, Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Chicago. A discussion on the state and future of U.S. Soccer, the forum will feature five candidates:

Moderated by US Club Soccer CEO/Executive Director Kevin Payne with participation from Chairman Phil Wright and the US Club Soccer Board of Directors, this forum will help determine US Club Soccer’s recommendation and placement of votes in the upcoming presidential election. That election is slated for Feb. 10 in Orlando, Fla., during U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting.

US Club Soccer members may submit questions for consideration via this Facebook thread or email to info@usclubsoccer.org by tonight (Monday, Nov. 27) at 8 p.m. CT. In addition to your question, please include your full name, club/organization and state. (UPDATE: The question submission period has ended. Thank you to all our members who submitted questions for consideration.) A variety of questions will be asked about player development, national team development and coaching issues, so members’ submissions should focus on other topics.

US Club Soccer will release a full audio recording on usclubsoccer.org after its conclusion. This recording will also be included in a subsequent email release to US Club Soccer members. During the forum, the public is encouraged to monitor @USClubSoccer on Twitter for live updates, quotes and photos.

“With millions of athletes playing soccer in the U.S., the Federation’s President has a critical role to play in shaping the future of the game with a defined roadmap for growth and success at the grassroots level through the professional ranks,” said Payne, one of the founders of Major League Soccer. “Each candidate brings unique qualifications to drive U.S. Soccer, and we look forward to exploring how our country can position itself as a global leader of the game, especially with the possibility as serving as one of the hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the United States to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The organization’s vision statement is to be the finest soccer organization in America and an integral part of U.S. National Team success.

US Club Soccer fulfills its mission and vision largely through Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. Players First is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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