U.S. Soccer adds two new committees and restructures senior management

In the first structural moves since Carlos Cordeiro's election as president in February, U.S. Soccer's board of directors approved the creation of two new board-level committees and a restructured senior management.

The two new committees were both proposed by Cordeiro during his campaign:

-- Technical Development Committee will oversee soccer operations within the federation and be co-chaired by U.S. Soccer Board members Carlos Bocanegra and Angela Hucles, both former national team players.

-- Commercial Committee  will oversee U.S. Soccer's commercial activities and evaluate future plans in the area of media rights and sponsorships, areas that were the subject of intense debate during the election.

"These changes will empower the board to play a greater role in all federation activities, and reflects our ongoing commitment to improve oversight and accountability and serve all our members," said Cordeiro in a statement. "By involving board members earlier in the decision-making process, we can more effectively utilize the available expertise, build consensus and improve the effectiveness of the federation."

Until recently, U.S. Soccer listed two executives under CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn: Chief Administrative Officer Brian Remedi and Chief Commercial Officer Jay Berhalter. Now, 10 senior executives will report to Flynn.

They include four on the soccer technical side: Nico Romeijn, the former head of coaching education, in the new position of Chief Sport Development Officer, overseeing all technical areas, Ryan Mooney as Chief Soccer Officer in charge of administrative needs on the technical side and two general managers (yet to be hired) in charge of the senior men's and women's national teams.

To oversee the expansion of the Membership Department will be Remedi with the title of Chief Stakeholders Officer. Tonya Wallach will hold the new title of Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer to promote equality and inclusion and create opportunities and pathways for the federation to get the most out of its staff.

Berhalter (Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer), Neil Buethe (Chief Communications Officer), Eric Gleason (Chief Financial Officer) and Lydia Wahlke (Chief Legal Counsel) will continue their roles and report directly to Flynn.

8 comments about "U.S. Soccer adds two new committees and restructures senior management".
  1. Kevin Leahy, April 19, 2018 at 10:38 p.m.

    Hope that the can move forward on a gm. It is time to find the right coach

  2. frank schoon, April 20, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

     WOW! a major move in the annals of player development as introduced by US soccer- TWO NEW BOARD-LEVEL COMMITTEES AND RESTRUCTURED SENIOR MANAGEMENT. This is what happens when a person with an administrative backround comes in and makes decisions...
    We are a country that is great at organizing things to the hilt. Charlton Ogburn stated <"We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization">
    Cruyff when he came to play for the Washington Diplomats stated about his American experience,here,that the level of soccer is poor and light years behind Europe but Cruyff was so impressed with the American organizational qualities, the running and the marketing of sports
    teams, etc, that Europe is light years behind is this aspect of running sport teams. He was always thankful for the American experience of having learned so much about the organizational aspects which he tried to apply at Ajax.
    I'm sorry to say,I don't how this will directly the level of play and development of the youth. Neither am I impressed with my countrymen Nico Romeyn, Former Head of Coaching Education, LOL, has now become Chief Sport Development Officer,LOL. He's just another laptop coach, classroom type, who couldn't take a lamppost one on one....Oh, well , I guess i"ll wait for the next election......

  3. Right Winger replied, April 20, 2018 at 11:37 a.m.

    Frank first thing in any battle is to identify the enemy.

    We haven't done that in US Soccer. Yet

    Here is my take:

    We have identified the enemy and the enemy is us. 

  4. frank schoon replied, April 20, 2018 at 11:53 a.m.

    RW, YUP ,true. The problem is only a few have figured it out...

  5. James Madison, April 20, 2018 at 10:29 p.m.

    Te n is a HUGE span to manage effectively.  Good luck, Dano.

  6. R2 Dad, April 22, 2018 at 12:18 a.m.

    This isn't going to achieve what Cordeiro thinks it will. He's essentially doubling down on the culture built into the Nats silo. Does that existing culture have quality standards, checks and balances, limits to authority at the top level? How is concensus built, or is it just top-down management? Oh, well, I guess we're just going to let him experiment for the next 4 or 8 years. When progress is measured in the pace of glaciers, everyone has time to contemplate life's great challenges. It's not like anything significant happens every 4 years to mark time....oh wait.

  7. frank schoon replied, April 22, 2018 at 8:05 a.m.

    R2, can you imagine if all these individuals as represented on this chart above were to meet in a room and someone threw a soccer ball in this room, I would like to see how many would clear out of there like roadrunner for they have NO IDEA what this ball is........

  8. R2 Dad replied, April 22, 2018 at 7:20 p.m.

    I'll bet this dude can flog a powerpoint deck like nobody's business:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-mooney-20566141

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