CHICAGO – As part of an organizational realignment to improve efficiency and better serve all members, the U.S. Soccer Federation has created two new board-level committees and restructured senior management, it was announced Thursday.
The changes, which bring the number of board-level committees to six, were approved by the U.S. Soccer board of directors last week.
“These changes will empower the board to play a greater role in all federation activities, and reflects our ongoing commitment to improve oversight and accountability and serve all our members,” U.S Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. “By involving board members earlier in the decision-making process, we can more effectively utilize the available expertise, build consensus and improve the effectiveness of the Federation.”
A new technical development committee will provide board-level understanding of soccer operations within the federation and will be co-chaired by U.S. Soccer board members and former national team players Carlos Bocanegra and Angela Hucles.
The commercial committee will provide oversight to U.S. Soccer’s commercial activities and lend assistance with an in-depth analysis of the organization’s future plans, in particular the media rights and sponsorship landscape.
At the staff level, the organization has been restructured, creating greater accountability and alignment with board committees. The accompanying organizational chart outlines the departmental structure.
“Overall, these changes will provide us with a greater focus on each operational area and help us execute our overall strategy to serve the athlete, fan and our members,” U.S. Soccer CEO/secretary general Dan Flynn said.
Eight chief officers will oversee departments, with the majority serving as direct liasions to the appropriate board committees.
The most notable changes include soccer operations now being overseen by both a technical leader and an administrative leader. Nico Romeijn moved from the head of coaching education to the chief sport development officer, overseeing all technical areas. Ryan Mooney will serve as chief soccer officer and will coordinate the organization’s administrative needs on the technical side.
The board also approved the expansion of U.S. Soccer’s membership department. U.S. Soccer’s chief stakeholders officer Brian Remedi will manage the department.
In an effort to promote equality and inclusion across the organization, Tonya Wallach will serve as U.S. Soccer’s chief talent and inclusion officer. The department will strive to make the most of top talent in the organization.
Jay Berhalter (chief commercial and strategy officer), Neil Buethe (chief communications officer), Eric Gleason (chief financial officer) and Lydia Wahlke (chief legal counsel) will continue their senior roles and report directly to the CEO.