USMNT legend Paul Caligiuri announces candidacy for U.S. Soccer president

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A familiar name to U.S. Soccer fans has thrown his hat in the ring for the upcoming federation presidential election.

Paul Caligiuri, who scored the famous goal in Trinidad and Tobago to qualify the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 1990 World Cup announced on his Twitter account that he is running for U.S. Soccer federation president.

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Caligiuri joins incumbent president Sunil Gulati, fellow former USMNT player Eric Wynalda, U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Paul LaPointe and Michael Winograd.

Caligiuri’s decision to run is a boost to those who want to see a former player in charge, as opposed to a business man with no experience playing at the highest level. While U.S. Soccer is currently on very good financial ground, the sporting side has suffered at all levels, of course most recently with World Cup qualifying.

Perhaps even if Caligiuri and Wynalda don’t win, some of their platform will be adopted by the eventual winner.