After an unsuccessful Men’s World Cup qualifying campaign, a successful bid to host the 2026 World Cup, and qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, US Soccer executive Dan Flynn has helped oversee an organization recently in flux. However, according to a report by Steven Goff, Flynn will depart from his position with USSF. Goff notes that the move has been in the works for sometime and that Flynn’s health is not prompting the decision.
While Flynn played a major role in helping the federation get on sound financial footing, he also played a behind the scenes role in the ever transparent process of deciding the fate of US Men’s National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann. The federation CEO was a trusted confidant of then USSF President Sunil Gulati who did not feel confident in firing Klinsmann and hiring the manager who ultimately failed at qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Bruce Arena.
The announcement marks another change in soccer mansion as Flynn’s exit paves the way for Carlos Cordeiro to select the next CEO as USSF prepares to host the 2026 Men’s World Cup and send the USWNT to France next year. No word yet on a timeline for that process, but expect a decision sometime in the next 374 days or so.