U.S. Soccer president: Kyle Martino enters race, lauding his 'soccer PhD'

Kyle Martino became the third former U.S. international and second national television analyst to enter the race for U.S. Soccer president.

Martino, the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2002, will take from his work as an analyst on NBC Sports' Premier League coverage during the campaign. Eric Wynalda has taken a leave of absence in a similar arrangement with Fox Sports.

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There are seven candidates in the race, not including current president Sunil Gulati, who has not yet confirmed whether he'll run. Candidates have until Dec. 12 to secure three letters of support from U.S. Soccer member organizations.

U.S. Soccer presidential candidates:
Paul Caligiuri
Carlos Cordeiro
Steve Gans
Paul Lapointe
Kyle Martino
Michael Winograd
Eric Wynalda

Martino told the New York Times he would work with Gulati, who is also chairman of the United Bid Committee seeking the hosting rights to the 2026 World Cup for the USA, Canada and Mexico and serves on the FIFA Council but protect "U.S. Soccer from a president not capable of fixing our soccer problems." He praised U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro, who entered the race last week but dismissed him as not being a "soccer guy."

Martino told the Times: “The first thing people are going to say when they see that I’ve come forward is, ‘What does he know about running a $100 million company?’ But the business side of U.S. Soccer is thriving. We don’t need an MBA right now. We need a soccer PhD. And that’s what I have.”

Martino is running on what his campaign Web site states is the "Progress Plan" based on transparency, equality and progress.

"When a nation of more than 300 million fails to qualify for the World Cup," he says at everyonesgameusa.com, "it’s not because of a few bad bounces on a less-than-perfect pitch; it’s because of systemic failures across all levels of the game."

17 comments about "U.S. Soccer president: Kyle Martino enters race, lauding his 'soccer PhD'".
  1. frank schoon, November 6, 2017 at 5:34 p.m.

    "Progress Plan" based on transparency, equality and progress". WOW, he's got my vote....He better come up with something more specific for this quote for this sounds like BS from a guy who has never kicked a ball. I"m not impressed with his soccer insights as a commentator but that of course is meaningless for none of them are well endowed with that real . I would like to see a round table discussion with all the soccer guys running for president on a soccer channel to listen what they have to say ,give their vision and how to go about implementing it and also be specific on what is wrong and how to improve it

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, November 6, 2017 at 5:50 p.m.

    What I would like is a lot of discussion like that in the conference rooms at USSF and USYSA.

  3. Gus Keri replied, November 7, 2017 at 6:06 a.m.

    "a guy who has never kicked a ball."? Are you sure?

  4. frank schoon replied, November 7, 2017 at 8:59 a.m.

    Gus, Yes, the quote I gave you shows nothing of substance, for anyone say that. And as far as him having played in the MLS does not impress me one bit. I have difficulty watching a MLS game after 20 for it so bad....

  5. Gus Keri replied, November 7, 2017 at 2:44 p.m.

    I see. I read it again and now I understand what you are trying to say. Sometimes, the use of punctuation marks, like comma's, can help clarify the meaning.

  6. Bob Ashpole, November 6, 2017 at 6:05 p.m.

    Wynalda is not just a face on TV. He coaches and so does Caligiuri. Martino's website says he still plays local adult soccer. Good for him, but where has he given back to the sport before running for USSF president? No offense, but a talking head on TV is not what we need. I am not doubting his knowledge, but questioning the commitment to US soccer of a TV commentator for English soccer? 

  7. Ed M replied, November 6, 2017 at 6:37 p.m.

    What has Wynalda and Caliguri really given back to the sport or US Soccer? Nothing. Coaching a little, maybe. Martino as well. Good faces of popularity but that's not what is needed. Only one has the credentials and history of "giving back" and being involved from the ground up. Even our current President can't say the same. Paul LaPointe is the best choice at the moment and people should really start looking at his credentials and listening to his interviews.

  8. frank schoon replied, November 6, 2017 at 6:49 p.m.

    He looks  a little too slick for me. I want someone in there who is really serious about soccer, a real "nuts and bolts" guy. Likewise I to favor Wynalda over him for at least Wynalda , over the years, has not been afraid to express his opinions and criticisms. Other than seeing him as a commentator, I don't know anything about Kyle Martino. Whoever becomes president, Wynalda,  Caligula, Reyna, Ramos, Perez, all those guys should be involved in whatever capacity of decision making of US soccer. I find it a shame that a guy like Perez is out of the decision making process due to politics , for example...what a waste...

  9. R2 Dad replied, November 6, 2017 at 8:52 p.m.

    Ed, are there links to said interviews?

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, November 6, 2017 at 10:13 p.m.

    Ed M, coaching is how knowledge is passed from one generation to the next. Coaching is not a little thing.

  11. beautiful game, November 6, 2017 at 8:34 p.m.

    Always liked Kyle Martino, his personality, ability to analyze, concise and presence.

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, November 6, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

    Do we really want a part-time USSF president whose full time job is promoting English football to US fans? 

  13. Gus Keri, November 7, 2017 at 6:16 a.m.

    To whom it may concern, Kyle Martino played 6 seasons in MLS (2002 - 2007) and he was smart, skillful player whose career was cut shore because of injury. Just saying.

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, November 7, 2017 at 1:41 p.m.

    Gus, Frank said he "sounds" like someone who had never kicked a ball around. (His progress plan--to be released in the future--will be based on "transparency, equality, and progress."). I would have said that he sounds like a politician. Same thing, but different analogy.

  15. Gus Keri replied, November 7, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

    I see. I read it again and now I understand what he is trying to say. Sometimes, the use of punctuation marks, like comma's, can help clarify the meaning.

  16. Kris Spyrka, November 7, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

    My vote for best hair of any candidate.....

  17. Footballer Forever, November 10, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.

    Kyle Martino is a joke to laud his PHD in "soccer".  What a buffoon to believe his own hype.  I am glad that he is not going to be blabbering his mouth during NBC/NBCSN telecasts.  

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