U.S. Soccer: Alec Papadakis returns to board, Mike Cullina elected for first time

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 Cullina.

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 Coaching License.

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.
4 comments about "U.S. Soccer: Alec Papadakis returns to board, Mike Cullina elected for first time".
  1. Wallace Wade, March 29, 2019 at 9 a.m.

    Continued conflict of interest. Really bad look Carlos! 

  2. R2 Dad, March 29, 2019 at 5:23 p.m.

    The board is really an industry trade council, not a proper independent Board of Directors. And since this organization is tasked with driving and organizing the sport in this country, I'm not surprised the results we're getting: a focus on industry standards vs the optimal organization to achieve short-term performance and long-term excellence. Oh well.

  3. Ben Myers replied, April 1, 2019 at 9:02 a.m.

    Well, gee, they can't upset the status quo!  More mediocrity at the top?

  4. Bob Ashpole, April 1, 2019 at 1:41 p.m.

    All these problems are caused by having the same people manage both the sporting side and the business side. 

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