Sunil Gulati

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Any time you don't achieve the results you want, you look back and you would do some things differently. I don't think I want to get into specifics because quite often they're personnel decisions, so I don't think I'm going to get into any specifics, but I would certainly do some things differently.feedback
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Oct 13 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Sunil Gulati has to say. All of Sunil Gulati’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Sunil Gulati came from an article called Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer's puppet master, needs to step aside: “There are things you would do differently. That's probably true for all of us and it's certainly true for me. The number of places that one can make substantive changes or decisions in my role are relatively limited, but they're big decisions. The same is true for the players or the coach. We have a lot of things on our agenda including a World Cup bid that is due at the end of March and a decision in June. I don't plan to do that and it's not the case that most of the people around the world do that. Most coaches do, but it's not the case that most presidents do, and I'm not planning to.”.
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Sep 21 2017

We screwed up. It won't happen again.feedback

Sep 12 2017

I'm a very enthusiastic supporter and it appears things will wind up positively. Everything is lined up and it's wonderful. It makes total sense that we get it. The last thing I would want to do four months before the actual awarding is try to substitute my judgment. I would be there to help if it needed help, but the country deserves it and this is bigger than one person.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Mexico

We are thrilled to kick off the bid process with our partners from Canada and Mexico. This is a special opportunity for North America to unite behind our sport of soccer and the quest to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid Committee has the experience and resources to deliver a successful bid, but it will require an enormous team effort over the next eight and half months so we can demonstrate to FIFA the full potential of our three nations and partners in CONCACAF to put on the finest World Cup in history.feedback

Jun 27 2017

You never discount anyone who's proven in one aspect of their career. The idea of a community-based, ground-up effort is certainly something to be followed carefully. It's hard to evaluate and also hard to succeed against everything else that's going on in the sport. To the extent that this is a disrupter, that's great if they're successful. But we only ever hear about the disrupters that are successful. And there's a whole lot that aren't.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

We will bid together. The general parameters of that bid are a World Cup of 80 games, three-quarters of which would be played in the United States, 60 games in the United States and ten each in Canada and Mexico. The final decision on those things are up to FIFA, it's their tournament.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - World Cup

A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, would be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

Because I couldn't get the round of 16 all in the U.S. Negotiation. Bigger stadiums generally – Azteca (in Mexico City) is obviously a bigger stadium. Those all came down to a discussion, and that's where we ended up. A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be, by far, the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics. The economic power of the American market – we've got 500 million people in these three countries – this will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

The key principles in that discussions were that we felt that we should host the lion's share of the games, and if we went alone we had potentially the strongest bid. Mexico and Canada had then to assess the same thing we did, the likelihood and so on. We wanted also – all three of us – parity between Canada and Mexico because we're true partners in this. There was a lot of negotiating about it, and at different numbers one or more of us may have chosen to bid alone.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

That's critical because most of FIFA's revenue comes from one event. The 209 people voting all get funds from FIFA, and so they should also recognized that FIFA's finances – on which many countries rely – will be greatly enhanced by a tournament in North America.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

I think it's safe to say both (Canada and Mexico) would have liked more (games), and they would say it was probably hard to sell me on 60. In the end, it was a discussion, a negotiation, but a very friendly one. This wasn't, OK, we're walking away – do it with the other one,' or any of that. It was quite friendly, but not easy because it's a zero sum game on the number of games obviously.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

If you have a 90 percent [chance] – or whatever the numbers are, I'm not saying it's 90 percent – of getting 75 percent of the tournament, or a 75 percent chance of getting 100 percent, what do you do? That was part of the analysis and calculus, but the other part was we think there's a benefit beyond football, beyond soccer, to a joint bid, especially with Mexico – which, as I mentioned, is fully supported by the president, which is a big plus.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Mexico

We have the luxury of being able to pick from stadiums and cities. It's one that very few countries in the world have. And given what's happened in the last few World Cups and some of the Olympic Games, the thought of building sport facilities that don't have a long-term use is not one that's particularly inviting for anyone.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Morocco

We heard something about Morocco, but we don't know yet.feedback

Apr 10 2017

A good signal to the rest of the world is that this can be done without necessarily building infrastructure or venues specifically for one event.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

We have very specifically addressed this with the president. He is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid, and is especially pleased with the fact Mexico is participating.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

It makes our bid stronger, in terms of the 209 members that eventually decide. There's a pragmatic part of it, and that's the pragmatic part. We clearly between the three countries have 40, 50 stadiums that meet FIFA's qualifications and criteria, as well as cities and hotels and air. The other part of it is we think it's terrific for football in the region and soccer in region, both for Canada, Mexico and the U.S., given the close relationships we have already.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

We think in this interesting world in which we live and the place we're holding this particular press conference and the Statue of Liberty outside, and a whole bunch of things along those lines, from a social perspective it's a positive.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

Regarding of anything else that may have been said during the campaign or after the fact, I'm not going to speak for the president on those. [Press Secretary] Mr. [Sean] Spicer gets to do that every day.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

We're not going to get too much into politics today in discussing American foreign policy or anyone else's foreign policy. What I can tell you is we have very specifically addressed this with the president, he is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid and especially pleased with the fact that Mexico is participating in this joint bid with us.feedback

Apr 10 2017

Building sports facilities that don't have a long-term use is not one that is particularly inviting for anyone. We have stadiums that exist. It's a far better solution than spending hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, on stadiums, especially that don't have use beyond the tournament.feedback

Apr 10 2017

I couldn't be more pleased, with the level of support we've gotten from the president.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Mexico

This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF. We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport. Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America. The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events.feedback

Apr 10 2017

Oh really, I hadn't noticed that. Perhaps.feedback

Apr 10 2017

That is our proposal. It's their tournament.feedback

Apr 05 2017

I think we realized in relatively short order there was a path to getting a deal done.feedback

Apr 05 2017

We believe this is another important step to continue our longstanding efforts to drive the growth of women's soccer in the United States. This agreement helps to ensure the strength of the Women's National Team, provide stability and growth potential for the National Women's Soccer League, and over time strengthen the elite player development process at the grassroots level. We believe our continued partnership will ensure a bright future for our sport for years to come.feedback

Apr 02 2017

You always get some positive change and positive vibe whenever there is a change. Bruce knows the team very well, and there's a lot of leadership in the team. The vibe is good.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I think we're back on track. But it's going to go down to the wire for a lot of teams.feedback

Mar 06 2017

Consequences "would be addressed as it happens.feedback

Jan 10 2017

It means the number of countries that can host it without building major infrastructure and stadiums is limited.feedback

Nov 23 2016

Changes in technology and the speed of information and social media add the dimension of pressure that wouldn't have been the same for Bruce in his first go-round.feedback

Nov 23 2016

No one likes to face the firing squad, as it were, in terms of media or fans that are upset about something, but that's a natural part of the growth of the game, and that certainly is a very big positive.feedback

Nov 23 2016

Our fans know the game in a way that may not have been the case in such numbers 20 years ago or even 15 years ago. We have more educated, passionate fans with a way to express their views: social media.feedback

Nov 22 2016

None of us expected the two results we got.feedback

Nov 22 2016

Really starting at the Gold Cup, we've had some very up-and-down results. The Gold Cup was a big disappointment for everyone: for Jurgen, for the players, for our fans.feedback

Nov 22 2016

I don't view it as Bruce 2, but sort of Bruce 2.0. I think he's got far more experience than he did when he had the national team the first go-round. He's proven and re-proven many times at all levels of the game in the United States that he's an extraordinarily capable and successful coach.feedback

Nov 22 2016 - World Cup

His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach. I know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup.feedback

Nov 21 2016

There were considerable achievements along the way ... but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes. He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.feedback

Nov 21 2016 - US, Russia relations

While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction. With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - World Cup

We will look at it, we have got great relationships with Canada and Mexico, we also have a country with 320 million people that has hosted a World Cup with a lot of terrific stadiums and great infrastructure.feedback

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