Editor’s Note: The following message was sent as a letter to the U.S. Soccer Federation on Dec. 13, 2018.
Dear Mr. Fike (as liaison to the U.S. Soccer Nominating and Governance Committee),
As a National Association member of U.S. Soccer with more than 500,000 members in all 50 states, US Club Soccer is proud to nominate Cindy Cone for the position of Vice President of U.S. Soccer.
Since her retirement from a Hall of Fame playing career, which included winning a World Cup, two Olympic gold medals, and two collegiate national championships at the University of North Carolina, Cindy has continued to dedicate her life to the sport. A U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coach, she returned to her alma matter as an assistant coach, winning four NCAA Division I women’s national championship titles. Subsequently, she became the first Portland Thorns FC head coach and won the inaugural NWSL championship.
Currently, Cindy is a director of coaching at North Carolina FC Youth, overseeing coach and player development and college placement for the U11-U19 girls. In addition, she serves as an advisor to the Athlete Council, which she previously represented on the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors. Cindy has first-hand experience of the challenges facing women in the sport and can provide leadership and improve diversity in coaching and leadership positions.
US Club Soccer believes Cindy is the best candidate to join the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors as the Vice President. Our Board of Directors consists of 14 club leaders responsible for managing and improving the daily environment for our players. We believe it is critical for the future growth and development of the game that someone with Cindy’s experience and current involvement coaching youth players join the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors to provide a unique perspective and represent traditional youth clubs.
Furthermore, upon her potential election, we support Cindy joining the U.S. Soccer Youth Task Force Leadership Group, serving as its Chairperson.
Chairman, US Club Soccer Board of Directors
CEO/Executive Director, US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer Board of Directors:
Gary Buete, North Carolina FC
Shawn Blakeman, Sacramento United Soccer Club (CA)
Shannon Cirovski, Bethesda Soccer Club (MD)
K.C. Crabb, Lonestar FC (TX)
Mike Cullina, Prince William Soccer (VA)
Jason Dewhurst, FC Stars of Massachusetts
Eddie Henderson, ISC Gunners FC (WA)
Tim Lesiak, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy (OH)
Shannon Mac Millan, Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks (CA)
Hue Menzies, Florida Kraze Krush (FL)
Colette Montgomery, Edina Soccer Club (MN)
John Rennie, Triangle Futbol Club (NC)
Mike Sweeney, Cleveland Whitecaps SC (OH)
Phil Wright, San Juan Soccer Club (CA)
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.