In His Newly Sanctioned Bid For US Soccer Federation President, Steve Gans Will Challenge Incumbent Sunil Gulati
Steve Gans, a Partner at the Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye, LLP, who has spent 30 years in soccer from youth to pro, has qualified to run for President of the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer).
These newly adopted rules, which are similar to FIFA election rules, require a potential candidate to solicit a minimum number of nomination and support letters from an athlete or member organization of the U.S. Soccer National Council.
Gans has received the required letters of nomination and support to run under the new rules of eligibility.
“The eligibility rules have been changed, but the need for meaningful change at U.S. Soccer is even more urgent,” said Gans.
“We need better leadership.”
“My management and soccer experience is better suited to lead U.S. Soccer forward. I’m encouraged by the growing support generally and the tangible support from the member organizations. People who care about soccer in this country should know that I will be accountable and will lead with all voices being heard,” said Gans.
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Gans has over 30 years of experience in soccer, as a player, an executive, a consultant, and an attorney, specializing in corporate and sports law while representing both clubs, organizations and players.
“I am fully committed to raising the bar for soccer in the U.S., investing in player development, ensuring that all participants, regardless of race, income, gender or physical ability have a voice in steering the direction of the game, and ensuring that our Men’s and Women’s National Teams are performing at a world class level,” said Gans.
“With the help of all of our constituencies, I will make the United States a truly respected soccer nation.”
In addition to qualifying for the ballot, Gans also released names of prominent sports, business and community leaders who have joined his Steering Committee.
Joe Larkin, a Principal of Millennium Boston real estate development, said, “I met Steve when he advised my family on several soccer issues, and I have always been impressed by his breadth and depth of knowledge, and his obvious passion for the game. Steve has the ability to elevate soccer, operate the sport in the most professional manner and ensure that our youth players and our National Teams have the best resources in order to be competitive.”
A list of the current Steering Committee members at the time of release, is below.
The election will take place on February 9 at the
At the Annual General Meeting of U.S. Soccer in Orlando, FL., where over 400 delegates will be eligible to vote, will represent the different soccer constituencies in the United States.
Steering Committee Members:
Joe Larkin Principal, Millenium Boston
Tom Roberts Managing Director, Summit Partners
Dan Grondin SVP, Wells Fargo Bank
Gregory White Managing Director, Thomas H. Lee Partners
Mark Thomas Partner, Monitor Clipper Partners
Paul Hattis, MD, JD, MPH Professor, Tufts Medical School
Anthony Hollenberg, MD Chief of Endocrinology, BIDMC
Chris Lemley President, Sentry Auto Group
Chris Hamblin Head Coach, Harvard Women’s Soccer and Board Member NEFC
Barry Greene President, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Gabe Kapler Director of Player Development, Los Angeles Dodgers
Daniel H. Weintraub, Esq. General Counsel, Carbonite, Inc.
David Nislick CEO, Excelitas Technologies Corp.
Paul Marcus Principal, PM Expert Consultants, LLC
Lee Feldman, Esq. Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
Alfred Yen, Esq. Dean of Faculty and Professor, Boston College Law School
Julie Korostoff, Esq. Partner, Mintz, Levin
Tracey Bolotnick, Esq. Partner, Hurwit & Associates
Ethan Burstein, PhD Senior Director of Biosciences, Acadia Pharmaceuticals
Frank Litwin, Esq, Partner, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Brian O’Donovan Executive Producer, Host, WGBH Educational Foundation
Craig Tateronis, Esq. Managing Partner, Prince Lobel Tye, LLP
Jack Steele, Esq. Partner, Pierce Atwood
Martin Fantozzi, Esq. Managing Partner, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Michael Epstein Global Managing Principal, Restructuring Services, Deloitte
Gary Rosenfield Vice President and General Manager, IPS Corporation
Jeffrey Sung Partner, Method Advisors, LLC
Christer Larsson, PsyD Christer Larsson, Licensed Psychologist
Danielle Sheer, Esq. General Counsel,Carbonite, Inc.
Jake Kennedy, MSPT Owner, Kennedy Bros. Physical Therapy; Director, Christmas in the City
Paul Levy Former CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Scott Ferson President, Liberty Square Group
Linda Driscoll Founder and CEO, Dream Big!
Sarah Abrams SVP Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain
John Berylson Owner, Millwall, FC
Gabriel Kreiman, PhD Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Matthew Hills Managing Director, LLM Capital Partners
Sean Sinclair President, Sinclair Strategies
Walter Osterman President, Social Mavens
Stacey Monahan Managing Director, Octagon Strategy Group
Enrique Colbert, Esq. General Counsel, Wayfair, LLC