, whose background includes more than 15 years at Major League Soccer and United Soccer Marketing, has left his role at Minor League Baseball to become U.S. Soccer's new chief
Wright spent the last four years as the chief marketing & commercial officer at MiLB, leading all marketing and commercial business units and overseeing the MiLB
Enterprises initiative involving the 160 minor league teams. He started out in fan development at MLS in 2000, before the formation of SUM, and later oversaw commercial partnerships for U.S. Soccer,
MLS and the Mexican national team at SUM. He was senior vice president, global sponsorship in his last role.
“David is an outstanding sales and marketing professional with an
impeccable reputation,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and secretary general Will Wilson
. “He has the experience, relationships, skill-set and work ethic to have both immediate and long-term
positive impact on U.S Soccer. Additionally, he has a strong track record of building diverse teams and mentoring staff. As a former collegiate soccer athlete he is a team player and a leader, and
I’m very excited to have him on board.”
Longtime executive Jay Berhalter
held the title of chief commercial and strategy officer before his departure in February.
Wright is the second senior management hire since Wilson took over in the spring. U.S. Soccer hired NASCAR senior vice president and general counsel Karen Leetzow
as its new chief legal
officer in August.