Contiguglia elected U.S. Soccer president

U.S. Soccer's members have elected Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia to a four-year term as the President of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Contiguglia, who succeeds two-term president Alan Rothenberg, has been involved in soccer in the U.S. for over three decades as a player, coach and administrator at almost every level of the game. The final tally on the single-ballot election was 57.6% for Contiguglia and 42.4% for Larry Monaco, U.S. Soccer's outgoing Executive Vice President. The 55-year-old Contiguglia was first introduced to the game as a player in his native New York, and later became a successful youth soccer coach in Colorado. From 1990 through 1996 he served as chairman of the United States Youth Soccer Association, and played an integral role in the U.S. Soccer Federation's development of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Major League Soccer. "As the Federation's new president, I am looking forward to continuing the successful legacy that U.S. Soccer has established in this decade," said Contiguglia, who begins his four-year term immediately. "With the new millennium on our doorstep, I will endeavor to serve all our constituents to the best of my abilities." In Saturday's other contested election, John Motta, a business entrepreneur from the New Hampshire Soccer Association, defeated Major League Soccer deputy commissioner Sunil Gulati in an extremely close election for Executive Vice President. The two candidates were separated by just 11 votes: 372 (50.8%) to 361 (49.2%). Motta begins his two-year term immediately. In an uncontested election, Bill Goaziou was re-elected Treasurer of U.S. Soccer for a two- year term.
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