Her entry comes less than a day after Sunil Gulati announced that he would not seek re-election for a fourth and final four-year term as president.
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Carter touted her more than 40 years of experience in soccer, first as a player. She was an All-America in high school and goalkeeper at William & Mary, where she shares the school record for the lowest goals-against average.
She worked at the 1994 World Cup organizing committee, Major League Soccer and now SUM, the league's marketing arm. It also represents U.S. Soccer, and that relationship has been at the heart of the NASL's lawsuit against the federation.
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“The game of soccer has been a consistent thread through every aspect of my life and I’m excited about the opportunity to give back," she said in a statement. "The United States Soccer Federation needs new leadership that understands both business operations and the game. Our growth and advancement as a sport require excellence at every level -- from our youth and adult programs to our professional leagues to our national teams.”
Carter said she will take a leave of absence from her role as SUM president during the campaign. She told the New York Times she would resign her position at SUM if she was elected president, which is an unpaid position.
The next president will be elected Feb. 10 during the federation's National Council meeting in Orlando, Florida. Candidates have until Dec. 12 to secure the three letters of support from member organizations to be eligible. They also must submit to a background check.
In contrast to Gulati's very hands-on style after more than 30 years of work constructing the U.S. national team programs, Carter is positioning the role she envisions as that more similar to the chair of a board of of a “chairperson."
“I will empower [U.S. Soccer secretary general] Dan Flynn and the staff of the Federation to do the job they have been hired to do," she said. "I will not be the CEO.”