USL CEO Alec Papadakis
has returned to U.S. Soccer board of directors after a two-year absence and is joined on the federation's executive body by U.S. Club Soccer chairman Mike
Both new members will serve two-year terms, Papadakis as one of two Pro Council representatives along with long-time board member Don Garber
, the MLS commissioner, and
Cullina as the at-large representative.
Papadakis replaced Steve Malik
, the owner of the USL's North Carolina FC and NWSL's North Carolina Courage. Cullina replaced former
federation attorney John Collins
, who decided not to seek reelection. Papadakis.
A former college star at Hartwick and
pro player for the Atlanta Chiefs and Boston Minutemen, Papadakis has served as the USL's top executive since 2009 when NuRock Soccer Holdings bought the league from majority owner Nike.
He previously served on the board of directors as a Pro Council representative from 2015-2017 before being replaced by Malik when North Carolina FC was still playing in the NASL. Malik's club will
still be represented on the board -- youth coach Cindy Parlow Cone
was elected vice president in February.
Papadakis' son, Justin
, a former Duke goalkeeper, is the USL's
chief operating officer. Cullina.
Cullina succeeded Phil Wright
as the chairman of U.S. Club Soccer’s board of
directors in January 2018. He is currently the executive director of Prince William Soccer and Virginia Development Academy and President of the Virginia NPL. He holds a U.S. Soccer National A
U.S. Club Soccer is unique in that it has membership in the federation's Youth Council, Adult Council and At-Large Council. U.S. Club Soccer's voting bloc is one of six
on the National Council that control a majority of the vote and dominate the federation's politics, as evidence by the 2018 presidential election. The others: MLS, NWSL, USL, Athlete Council and AYSO.