Dan Flynn steps down as U.S. Soccer CEO, Brian Remedi promoted to CAO while CEO search continues

U.S. Soccer's board of directors named Brian Remedi as the federation's chief administrative officer while the search for a chief executive officer to replace outgoing Dan Flynn continues.

Flynn announced on Monday he is officially leaving his post on Sept. 16 after serving the federation as CEO and secretary general since 2000.

Remedi is the chief stakeholder officer in charge of working with the federation's members. He has worked for U.S. Soccer since 2009 and previously held the title of chief administrative officer. The federation's executive structure was changed in 2018.

Remedi whose career included stops at ISL Marketing and FIFA after ISL collapsed, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Flynn as CEO. The other candidate from inside U.S. Soccer is chief commercial and strategy officer Jay Berhalter, who is considered a polarizing figure both within the federation and soccer community and whose younger brother is U.S. men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter.

It was first reported in the Washington Post in October 2018 that Flynn planned to step down. The search is believed to have slowed down in June after publication of scathing postings by current and former federation employees about a toxic work environment at U.S. Soccer. The New York Times categorized reviewers as having "open disdain for Flynn and Berhalter."

The Athletic reported that U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro sent an email to employees on Monday informing them that he hoped to share a decision on the new CEO with them in the coming months and a process will be implemented for employees to submit feedback anonymously through a third party. The report also identified a consulting firm working on the search, Leadership Research Institute, as having interviewed board members and management and working on conducting an all-staff survey.

Statement from U.S Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro:

"First, I'd like to thank Dan for his incredible commitment to U.S. Soccer for the past 20 years. His steadfast leadership has been invaluable and drove the sport to new heights. As I said at our AGM earlier this year, Dan can look back on his tenure knowing that our Federation and soccer in America is stronger than ever because of his dedicated service."

"As our search for Dan's successor continues, we are fortunate to have Brian Remedi willing to step in to ensure the smooth continuity of all Federation operations until we transition to a new and permanent leader. Brian is a long-tenured employee that brings a tremendous understanding of the organization and the people who serve it. I am confident he will bring a steady hand to the Federation as we transition to our next CEO."

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