Focused on the Future – Letter from USSF President Carlos Cordeiro

 

U.S. Soccer
Hello everyone,

As we close out one year and prepare for another, I want to share some highlights from recent months-on the field and off-including some of the important topics we addressed at our final Board of Directors meeting of the year on December 6 in Chicago.

AT SOCCER HOUSE…

CEO Transition: Moving Forward
On September 16th, I joined our executive team and staff at Soccer House to thank Dan Flynn as he completed nearly 20 years as our CEO. Thank you, also, to Brian Remedi, who is serving as Chief Administrative Officer, and to our entire executive team for making sure that the Federation continues to run smoothly during this time of transition. Our search committee is moving forward, and we have been conducting interviews with candidates for our new CEO. We have an impressive and diverse pool of talent-men and women, American and international, all highly qualified-and we’re committed to finding the absolute best person who can help lead our Federation into the future.

Doing Better by Our Employees
As part of our ongoing effort to make Soccer House the best possible place to work, we partnered over the summer with the Leadership Research Institute, which conducted a comprehensive survey of our employees who raised many concerns, notably about the working environment. I also held a town hall with employees at Soccer House in September, as well as smaller group discussions with departments, where I heard these concerns directly. We know we need to do better, and we’re moving ahead with a series of reforms. As discussed at our Board meeting-where, for the first time, we welcomed Soccer House staff-we’re working to improve communication, adopt more flexible work policies and potentially move out of Soccer House and into a more modern workspace to accommodate our growing staff-reforms that our next CEO will help sustain and build upon.

5-Year Growth Plan: Investing in You
We’re now about halfway through our 5-year plan to invest our $160 million surplus in growing the game at all levels, including player, coaching and referee development as well as performance at the highest levels for all our national teams. As you’ll recall, at our AGM in Scottdale we approved a record $136 million budget for this year. Unfortunately, the annual deficits that we had planned for are now somewhat higher because of unexpected legal expenses from defending against various lawsuits, and our surplus is projected to fall below $50 million by 2023. In the days ahead, you’ll receive a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, and, as you’ll see, we’ve made every effort to sustain our long-term development programs.

Innovate to Grow Fund: A Surge in Applications
In the third year of our Innovate to Grow Fund, we’re very pleased that more member organizations-38 members this year, compared to 23 last year-have applied for grants to boost youth and adult participation. This year, we’ve budgeted $3 million for grants. Applications are being reviewed and will be announced early in the new year.

Youth Task Force: More Access to Coaching Education
Our Youth Task Force announced its first wave of initiatives to increase access to coaching education and is also considering a new campaign to ensure that referees are treated with respect. Throughout the task force, working groups are also looking at creative ways to increase diversity so that youth soccer does a better job of recruiting and retaining players from all communities.

Adult Soccer: First-Ever US-Europe Champions Cup
In partnership with USASA and UEFA, we’re looking forward to the first-ever match between our U.S. and European amateur champions. USASA Amateur Cup champions Newton Pride FC will face off against UEFA Regions Cup champions Dolny Slask of Poland in May in Connecticut.

ON THE FIELD…

Women’s National Team: The Accolades Keep Coming
As our history-making Women’s World Cup champions wrapped up their Victory Tour, we saluted Jill Ellis and welcomed Kate Markgraf as the team’s first-ever GM and new head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who’s off to a great start as the team heads into Olympic qualifying. Meanwhile, the accolades keep coming, with Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Kelley O’Hara being named to FIFA’s Best XIMegan Rapinoe being awarded FIFA’s Best Women’s Player for 2019 and the prestigious Ballon d’Or and Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, and the entire team being named TIME’s Athlete of the Year!

Men’s National Team: Looking Ahead to 2020
After making it to the Gold Cup final over the summer, our MNT won their group in the Concacaf Nations League to advance to the final round, scheduled for June. Up next for Gregg Berhalter and the team, the youngest group we’ve ever played in official competition: continuing to improve as they head into the Nations League final and a strong start to Qualifying this year for the 2022 World Cup.

Beach National Teams: Men and Women
For the first time in six years, our Men’s Beach National Team reached their World Cup, in Paraguay. Although they did not advance out of group play, we salute all 12 players, who inspired us with their stories. We’re also very proud that our first-ever Women’s Beach National Team successfully qualified for the World Beach Games in Qatar, finishing 5 th against the best in the world in only their second-ever competition.

Para-7-a-Side National Team: Historic Wins
Congratulations to Coach Stuart Sharp and our Para-7-a-Side National Team who, at their World Cup in Spain this summer, won their group for the first time ever and then went on to win bronze at Parapan American Games in Peru! As part of our Centralized Training program, the team now has a more professional environment, including living and training together full-time in Atlanta and more training days.

Deaf National Teams: World Cup-Bound
Congratulations to the U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team on their first-ever gold medal in the Deaf Pan American Football Championships! With their win, both the men and the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team have qualified for their World Cups in South Korea in 2020.

Futsal National Team: Back on the Court
We’re excited to welcome Dusan Jakica as the new head coach of our U.S. Futsal National Team, which has several camps planned as they prepare for the Concacaf Futsal Championship this spring and aim to qualify for the Futsal World Cup in the fall.

Across the Leagues: A Season of Champions
In front of a record crowd, Atlanta United FC claimed their first U.S. Open Cup title. We celebrate the continued growth of our professional leagues, including the MLS expansion to Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento and Charlotte, as well as record-breaking crowds at NWSL matches following our WNT’s World Cup win. Congratulations to the Seattle Sounders on winning their second MLS Cup; the Real Monarchs SLC on their USL Championship; and the North Carolina Courage on their second straight NWSL Championship.

Honoring our Best
Finally, we paid tribute to greats of the game, including MNT legends Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley, and all our incredible 2019 players of the year: Julie ErtzChristian PulisicBrianna PintoSergiño Dest and Nick Mayhugh. We welcomed this year’s inductees into the National Soccer Hall of Fame: all-time leading goal scorer in women’s soccer Abby Wambach and Sunil Gulati, who led our Federation through more than a decade of growth. At the ceremony, we also recognized Tony Quinn with the Colin Jose Media Award. And we look forward to presenting Esfandiar “Esse” Baharmast with the 2020 Werner Fricker Builder Award!

In closing, I want to once again thank all of you-members, staff, administrators, volunteers-for everything you do, every day to support our players, coaches and referees at every level all across our country. We are, after all, a Federation, and we only succeed together. Thanks to your love of the game-and your commitment and programming-we’re bringing soccer to more people in more places than ever before. As I look to the year ahead, I’m incredibly grateful for your partnership, and I’m as optimistic as ever about the future of soccer in America.

I wish you, your teams and your families a safe and joyous holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you at our AGM in February!

Carlos

 

Remembering Leo Shoomiloff

Leo Shoomiloff


It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you about the passing of Leo Shoomiloff, one of the most outstanding members of our soccer family here at the California Soccer Association North. Until recently when his illness began to intensify, Leo was the President of the San Francisco Soccer Football League, a position that he held for many years. Additionally, Leo for many years has served CSAN in many different capacities and currently he was the State Cup Commissioner, always working hard to do the right thing for soccer, the sport that he loved. Leo leaves behind an outstanding legacy and a tremendous void in our soccer community that will be irreplaceable. We at CSAN would like to express our most sincere condolences to his family in such difficult times.

US Soccer – A Summer of Soccer!

U.S. Soccer
Hello everyone,

Summer is nearly here and so are some of the most exciting weeks of soccer this year! With pivotal matches at every level, we have so many opportunities to come together and show our support for our incredible teams and players. For all the latest information and the ultimate fan experience, see our brand-new website and our first mobile app. And be sure to check out how you can join Insiders, our improved loyalty program with the most access and content around our National Teams.

I especially want to thank all of our members at the youth and adult levels and the millions of players, coaches, referees, volunteers and parents you represent in thousands of communities across our country. The game is on because of you-because of your love of the game, your programming and your tireless commitment to bringing soccer to more people in more places than ever before. Thank you for everything you do!

Women’s National Team: On to France!
With three shutout wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico in their Send-Off Series, our Women’s National Team is heading to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France with their eyes on earning a fourth star. The roster is set and Coach Jill Ellis and the team are in final preparations at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art training facility before departing for France on June 7. Be sure to tune in to group matches against Thailand (June 11), Chile (June 16) and Sweden (June 20). The team, as coach Ellis said, “has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup,” and the USA is united behind our WNT (they’re everywhere)!

Men’s National Team: Aiming for a 7th Gold Cup Title
Currently in a combined training camp in Annapolis with several U-23 internationals, our Men’s National Team looks ahead to friendlies with Jamaica (June 5 in Washington, D.C.) and Venezuela (June 9 in Cincinnati) as they prepare for the Concacaf Gold Cup. With the provisional roster set and group matches against Guyana (June 18 in Saint Paul), Trinidad & Tobago (June 22 in Cleveland) and Panama (June 26 in Kansas City, Kansas), the men are on their quest for a record-tying seventh Gold Cup title!

Beach National Team: Heading to a 5th World Cup
Congratulations to our Beach Soccer National Team on a great run during the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship. Although they fell in the final to Mexico, the team delivered decisive wins over Bonaire, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas and El Salvador and qualified for the Beach Soccer World Cup-their fifth-later this year. Congratulations also to captain Nick Perera, who took home the tournament’s Golden Boot as the top scorer with 13 goals.

Para-7-a-Side Team: Highest-Ranked Ever Heading into World Cup
Currently in training camp at St. George’s Park in England and competing in a series of international challenge matches, our Para-7-a-Side National Team is ranked its highest ever-fourth out of 80 countries-heading into their World Cup this summer in Spain. In a tough group, our Paralympians will face Iran, Finland and Ireland in early July, with two countries from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Good luck to Coach Stuart Sharp and the entire team!

Youth National Teams: The Future is Us
Congratulations to our U-20 men who, with shutout wins over Nigeria and Qatar, advanced to the knockout stage of the U-20 World Cup in Poland. Coach Tab Ramos made some history of his own by tying the FIFA record for the most championship tournaments as a player or head coach-his 11th! Our U-17 men-despite falling to Mexico in extra time in their Concacaf Championship Final-qualified for a record 17th World Cup later this year. The tournament’s Best XI included four U.S. players, who dazzled throughout: Gianluca Busio Kobe HernandezDaniel Leyva and Gio Reyna. And congratulations to our U-17 women who swept two UEFA Development Tournaments, one inPortugal and one in the Czech Republic!

Development Academy: Summer Showcases and Playoffs
As part of our ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of world-class players, we’re excited to host the Development Academy summer showcases and playoffs in Oceanside, California in June and the championships in Irvine in July. You can find the schedule here.

Leagues in Full Stride
The best of MLS will face off against Club Atletico de Madrid in the MLS All-Star Game on July 31 in Orlando. The USL season is well underway, its first under the new USL Championship. The NWSL is into its seventh season and could get a boost from the Women’s World Cup, where 60 NWSL players are representing their countries in France, the most of any league in the world.

Open Cup Heads into Fourth Round
For the first time ever, viewers are able to watch every match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on ESPN+. We’ve already seen thrilling cupsets by South Florida’s Soccer SoldiersForward Madison FC, and Orange County FC leading up to the fourth round on June 11-12, which will include the 11 third-round winners and 21 MLS teams.

First U.S. eNational Team
Last month, U.S. Soccer launched our new eNational Team, which featured MLS e-ChampionCormac Dooley (gamertag Doolsta) and runner-up Giuseppe Guastella (GGGodfather). Cormac and Giuseppe represented the USA at the first-ever FIFA eNations Cup in London and after a strong start in group competition were eliminated by China in their last group match. Our eNational Team is an emerging area of focus and another exciting way to increase engagement among fans, especially young fans, so that even more people share in the joy of soccer.

Soccer Hall of Fame: Class of 2019
It’s official-the votes are in and we have our National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019! Congratulations to all-time leading goal scorer in women’s soccer and World Cup and Olympic champion Abby Wambach as well as Sunil Gulati, who led our Federation through more than a decade of growth and achievement. We look forward to celebrating Abby and Sunil and their many contributions to the game at the Induction Ceremony at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas on September 21.

One Nation, One Team
Finally, in partnership with the Armed Forces Sports Council, we were honored to salute members of the Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team during recent WNT matches. Thank you to our Honorary Military Captains, Navy Lieutenant Emily Wilkin and Air Force Captain Ariel Saltin, both of whom will represent the United States at the Military World Games later this year in China. And as we observed Memorial Day weekend, we were delighted to welcome 96-year-old World War II veteran-“Harmonica Pete” DuPré -who we met when the WNT visited Normandy earlier this year-as he performed a moving rendition of the National Anthem on his harmonica before the final match the WNT Send-Off Series.

Emily, Ariel and Pete remind us that soccer brings us together as a country-on the field and off. We’re One Nation, One Team. In that spirit, good luck to all our teams, and go USA!

Carlos

CSAN State Cup 2019

CSAN STATE CUP 2019

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CSAN 2018 Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Join us for the CSAN 2018 Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony!

For those of you flying in for the event, the closest airport is San Francisco International.  The hotel has a complimentary shuttle service from the airport to hotel and back.  The shuttle leaves the hotel starting at 6:00 am and goes on the hour until 10:00 pm.  You can catch the shuttle at the airport at the designated hotel shuttle stops.  The shuttle, usually arriving at SFO 20-25 minutes after the hour, will have a sign indicating Crowne Plaza Hotel – make sure you are on the shuttle that goes to Foster City.  The number for the hotel is 650-570-5700.

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