U.S. Soccer names former MLS, SUM and MiBL executive David Wright as chief commercial officer

David Wright, 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 commercial officer.

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.
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