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USA Soccer on World Stage—and in Sleith Hall! Sunil Gulati to Speak at CISB Event March 31

Posted February 14, 2011

sunilgulatiussoccerjpgegifWhat is the state of soccer in this country? Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, will deliver a presentation entitled “For the Love of the Games: USA Soccer on the World Stage” on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. in Sleith 100. The event is sponsored by the School of Business Center for International Sport Business through an Alumni Association grant.

Gulati has more than 30 years of soccer experience, from the grassroots level to the FIFA World Cup. He recently led the bid effort to bring the 2022 World Cup back to the United States—although it was awarded to Qatar instead. His talk, along with reporting on soccer’s status in the United States, will also include the fascinating story on how Gulati—first as a child, and then as an adult—became captivated by s sport that the world over calls “the beautiful game.”

In the early 1990s Gulati served as executive vice president and chief international officer of the spectacularly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994. Following the completion of the tournament, he took the position of deputy commissioner with the United States’ newly created professional soccer league, Major League Soccer. Prior to his involvement with the 1994 World Cup, Gulati was an economist for the World Bank. He is also president of The Kraft Group’s MLS New England Revolution.

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