US Soccer announces it will back Prince Ali in FIFA presidential election

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Sunil Gulati posted on Twitter that he and the rest of U.S. Soccer met with all five candidates for the FIFA presidency, and they are sticking with their man.

Gulati announced that the United States will use its one vote towards Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s election, the same man they backed in the previous election that Sepp Blatter won before stepping down.

The United States’ representative at the elections will be Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer. He will be the one to step into the voting booth, and we already know the first name he will write down.

Prince Ali is not expected to be a serious contender to win the election. The two frontrunners appear to be Shiekh Salman of Bahrain, who secured the backing of the federation’s largest contingent in Africa as well as much of the Asian contingent, or Gianni Infantino, who has the support of most of Europe.

Should Prince Ali step down after a certain number of rounds, as he did against Blatter in the last election, it’s possible the United States will be forced to pick another candidate. That candidate is likely to be Infantino, according to the New York Times, whom the U.S. considered backing before choosing to publicly support Prince Ali.

Canada, meanwhile, announced its endorsement of Infantino Thursday night.