Editor’s Note: The following message was sent as a letter to U.S. Soccer on Dec. 21, 2020.
Dear Mr. Fike (as liaison to the U.S. Soccer Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board),
As a National Association member of U.S. Soccer with more than 500,000 members in all 50 states, US Club Soccer is proud to nominate Cindy Cone as a candidate for President of U.S. Soccer in conjunction with the special election to be held at the 2021 U.S. Soccer AGM.
US Club Soccer previously nominated Cindy as a candidate for U.S. Soccer Vice President in conjunction with her election during the 2019 AGM, and the reasons for that nomination remain applicable in this case as well.
Since her retirement from a Hall of Fame playing career, which included winning a World Cup, two Olympic gold medals, and two collegiate national championships at the University of North Carolina, Cindy has continued to dedicate her life to the sport. A U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coach, she returned to her alma matter as an assistant coach, winning four NCAA Division I women’s national championship titles. Subsequently, she became the first Portland Thorns FC head coach and won the inaugural NWSL championship.
Cindy also has grassroots experience as a director of coaching at North Carolina FC Youth, overseeing coach and player development and college placement for the U11-U19 girls. We believe that perspective representing traditional youth clubs is critical for the future growth and development of the game. In addition, she has served as an advisor to the Athlete Council, which she previously represented on the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors. Cindy has first-hand experience of the challenges facing women in the sport and can provide leadership and improve diversity in coaching and leadership positions.
Further, we believe Cindy has successfully navigated challenging circumstances since assuming the role of U.S. Soccer President earlier this year and is well-positioned to continue that effort.
For the reasons above, US Club Soccer is proud to nominate Cindy Cone for the position of U.S. Soccer President.
Chairman, US Club Soccer Board of Directors
CEO/Executive Director, US Club Soccer
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