is returning to U.S. Soccer as chief soccer officer, following new men's national team coach from the Columbus Crew, where he spent the last five years as director of soccer
Mendelsohn replaces Ryan Mooney
, who left U.S. Soccer to help run a new sports business venture -- Playmakers Management Group -- formed by Philadelphia Union minority
owner Richie Graham
, the founder of the YSC Academy that serves as the residential arm for the Union academy, one of MLS's most productive academies.
Mendelsohn joined the Crew as
the same time as Berhalter took over as head coach and sporting director late in 2013. He had spent nine years at U.S Soccer,
working in the member services department and overseeing the
referees, coaching and development academy programs. He worked on the startup of the Development Academy and the Professional Referee Organization.
U.S. Soccer president Carlos
made the announcement in a year-end letter to the federation's membership.
-- Also hired to a senior management position was Pinky Raina
, who will take over as chief
-- Cindy Cone
, the lone candidate for U.S. Soccer vice president vacancy, will serve as co-chair of the Youth Task Force Leadership Council along with CEO Dan