One of the worst parts of politics is figuring out who you can trust and who you can’t. USMNT fans who called for Sunil Gulati’s head following the men’s failure to qualify for the World Cup were perhaps pleased to see news that Gulati likely would not seek another term, but were forced to swallow it with another newcomer in the race: one likely backed by Gulati and MLS sultan Don Garber.
Hearing from several sources tonight that US Soccer president Sunil Gulati is strongly considering not running for re-election and may support Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter for the position instead.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 3, 2017
Kathy Carter has been involved in soccer in the United States for decades. She herself is a former collegiate player at the University of William & Mary, and has proved her business acumen in the soccer world and beyond with marketing stints at Envision and Anschutz Entertainment Group (former owners of, like, half of MLS at one point). She would also be the only woman running for USSF president, and if elected would be the first female to run the U.S. governing body. It stands to good reason she would pay a bit more attention to the women’s game in the States, something the other candidates have been criticized for being a bit scant on.
But the support of Gulati, Garber, and Carter’s current position as Marketing President of Soccer United Marketing, the now-infamous USSF and MLS money-makers many supporters blame for stunting the growth of U.S. Soccer in favor of milking every cent out of it, is a bridge too far.
And herein lies the problem with supporting anyone in this race: just who will you sell your soul to? Someone with loads of experience but questionable ties that make it seem like you’ll just be maintaining the status quo, like Carter or current USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro? Or an outside big on ideas but with precious little relevant experience, like Kyle Martino, Eric Wynalda, or the like? Opinions on Carter are already split, and she hasn’t even officially announced her candidacy.
Kathy Carter is supremely smart and it would be terrific to have a woman in charge of US Soccer. But, both practically and optically, the last thing the federation should do is elect anyone from SUM, let alone the president. https://t.co/8NyzcMWTLW— Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) December 3, 2017
So US Soccer is looking to hire money people instead of actual football people.— Oluwacloutinho (@Nigerianscamsss) December 3, 2017
Kathy Carter is a remarkable women . Given what her role is defined as has been incredibly successful. She knows the sport in & out. I do think we should have a critical debate about SUM's role in US Soccer & MLS in general.. But she's qualified. I'd never claim otherwise. https://t.co/0cLjsZbf4k— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) December 3, 2017
Why do you think @soccerkcarter Kathy Carter will go to the top? Do you really think state associations want to pay more tributes to USSF under a "same as usual" approach? She's extremely tight with MLS which is to be expected. We need real change. Cc @GrantWahl— J. Vlahakis (@jvlaha) December 3, 2017
I hope this is true because Kathy Carter is f’n awesome - been trying to get her on my podcast. Super smart and loves soccer. https://t.co/ohwbXYotd7— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 3, 2017
If you were hoping soccer would be your little break from the hellscape that is the American political theater right now, I have bad news for you.
- Let’s check in on Borussia Dortmund -
Full time. BVB bravely get a 1-1 draw against mighty Leverkusen a man up.— Fear The Wall (@FearTheWall) December 2, 2017
Friendly reminder that the player that holds the record for highest transfer fee Dortmund has ever paid is Andre Schurrle. Cool cool cool.
- Let’s check in on Arsenal -
If you let Jesse Lindgard do this to you, you have to burn down your stadium and salt the Earth where it once stood. Forget getting Wenger out; Arsenal needs an exorcism.
- KEEPER GOAL ALERT -
Benevento's goalkeeper Brignoli scores against Milan to get their 1st point in Serie A.— Mehryar Andacheh (@Mehryar10) December 3, 2017
Mamma mia pic.twitter.com/kCpAkWdrRc
Benevento might be the worst team in one of the big 5 European leagues ever, but that didn’t stop them from securing their first point of the season (!) against AC Milan with a cotdamn goalkeeper header. Go on, boys.
- Some sort of sporting event had a draw for 2018 -
Not really sure what it was. Never heard of it.
- The week in disrespect -
Look at this. This man is going to go home and google "early retirement" in Italian. pic.twitter.com/RroBVFmDjz— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) December 1, 2017
- Pep Guardiola is the most aggressive complimenter in the world -
Pep Guardiola v Nathan Redmond. This is, er, very odd. pic.twitter.com/zoVCYB88pu— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) November 29, 2017
You’d be forgiven for thinking Pep was doing his best Gennaro Gattuso impression here, but both he and Nathan Redmond have since confirmed that Pep was complimenting Redmond on his play and telling him he should have pressed Manchester City more, making this the weirdest positive reinforcement of the week.
Oh yeah, Man City have won 13 straight. Here’s the extremely pretty, last gasp Raheem Sterling goal that kept the streak alive.