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SUM president Kathy Carter leaving position

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There was a time where it looked like Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter was on track to become the next U.S. Soccer Federation president, however, she will be seeking a new challenge starting soon.

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On Monday, Major League Soccer released an announcement stating that Carter will no longer serve in her current capacity as SUM president, a position she has held since 2010.

Carter’s attentions had been taken elsewhere recently, as she was one of eight candidates that were named on the USSF presidential ballot in March. Current president Carlos Cordeiro ultimately won the election, though, succeeding Sunil Gulati.

“My time with Soccer United Marketing and Major League Soccer has been deeply meaningful – building and expanding the game has been my profession and my passion,” said Carter. “I’m grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve made and the support I’ve received from the Commissioner, MLS Business Ventures President Gary Stevenson and all of my colleagues at the league, and look forward to seeing MLS continue its incredible growth. I will remain a huge supporter of MLS and U.S. Soccer and will be cheering loudly from the stands for our clubs and players.”

MLS commissioner and SUM CEO Don Garber also chimed in on Carter’s departure.

“I would like to thank Kathy on behalf of our owners, clubs and staff for the significant contributions she has made to the sport of soccer in the U.S. and Canada while at SUM and MLS,” said Garber. “Kathy played a critical role in the development of our league and the growth of soccer in North America for many years.  Her energy, leadership and strong relationships helped establish SUM as one of the leading commercial soccer companies in the world.  We wish her the best of luck in the next chapter in her career.”

Presidential candidate Solo files complaint against U.S. Soccer

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Hope Solo took a massive shot at the U.S. Soccer establishment on Tuesday, filing a complaint to the United States Olympic Committee that claims the United States Soccer Federation is neglecting its duties to the sport in favor of propping up Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing.

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She adds that current administration’s apparent backing of ex-SUM president Kathy Carter will only continue what ails the federation.

Solo, the controversial and legendary USWNT goalkeeper running for president of the federation, claims that “USSF’s paramount concern has become protecting and nurturing the MLS, even if at the expense of other stakeholders, including those involved in professional women’s and amateur soccer.”

She says the USSF is in violation of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which in part allows the USOC to give organizations governing power regarding individual sports.

On a blog post announcing the complaint, Solo says:

“The campaign has also made me acutely aware that the USSF’s conflicts of interests and other governance transgressions are so alarming that we can’t wait for the results of the Presidential election to take action.”

The document lays out some interesting points, including a shot at current president Sunil Gulati’s statement that the non-profit USSF was a “consumer-driven organization.”