Eric Wynalda is considering a possible alliance with fellow candidate Kyle Martino in the USSF presidential race. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
As we get closer to the Feb. 10 election date, the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential race is getting more intriguing with possible deals in the works.
Candidates Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino are considering forming an alliance, the Washington Post has reported.
The two former U.S. men’s international players have been advocates for change with the federation. Eight candidates are vying for the presidency as incumbent Sunil Gulati has decided not to seek a fourth term.
Citing several sources, Post writer Steve Goff reported that Wynalda approached Martino about joining forces to help boost one of their candidacies.
No further details were revealed.
Both candidates, however, said that they respected each other’s’ platform.
“I have a high opinion of Kyle and it would be something I would definitely encourage if it meant one or the other was going to win the election,” Wynalda was quoted by the Post. “I would certainly consider it. If he and I need to partner up, I would be in favor of that simply because we are both agents of change.”
Martino said that he had met with Wynalda, but had not agreed to an alliance.
“I have a lot of respect for the way Eric has brought both the need for change and the need for deep soccer knowledge to the forefront of this campaign,” Martino told the Post.
The other six candidates include three other former U.S. national team players — Paul Caligiuri and Hope Solo, U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter, Boston attorney Steven Gans and New York lawyer Michael Winograd.
The election will be held at the USSF Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 10.
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