U.S. Soccer and Foundation settle

U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation reached a settlement in the lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The parties issued a joint statement on Friday:

"We have come to an agreement that we believe is in the best interest for the sport in the United States. As we move forward, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will work together to provide access and opportunities for all soccer players across the country, particularly those in low-income communities and others in need."

The foundation sued the federation in December 2018, seeking declaratory review after the two organizations couldn't settle their disagreement over the use of the foundation's name and logo.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation was founded in the aftermath of the 1994 World Cup when the U.S. organizing committee generated a profit of $50 million.

Over the years, the U.S. Soccer Foundation became active in the soccer community, raising additional money and awarding more than $100 million in grants to programs primarily using the sport to promote the welfare of children in underserved communities. In recent years, U.S. Soccer developed its own development efforts.

While the federation and foundation have separate missions, they've remained connected for years.

The chairman of the 1994 World Cup organizing committee was Alan Rothenberg, who was U.S. Soccer president at the time of the foundation's founding. Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. Soccer president at time the suit was filed, Sunil Gulati, Cordeiro's predecessor, and Rothenberg were all listed on the foundation's board of directors at the time of the suit.
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