Dan Flynn had been U.S. Soccer’s CEO and secretary general since 2000 (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
CHICAGO – It’s official. Dan Flynn is stepping down.
Following his announcement at the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting in February that he would step down this year as CEO and Secretary General of U.S. Soccer, Flynn announced Monday that he is leaving his post Sept. 16 after serving the Federation and the game in the United States for nearly two decades.
With Flynn retiring, the U.S. Soccer board of directors has named Chief Stakeholder Officer Brian Remedi to the additional position as Chief Administrative Officer to ensure the smooth continuity of all federation operations while the search for a new CEO moves forward. Remedi has worked at the Federation for more than 13 years, including the last 10 in a variety of senior executive roles.
“The honor of serving U.S. Soccer has been a privilege and experience of a lifetime, and none of what we’ve been able to accomplish over my time here would be possible if not for the people within our organization-past and present-who shared my belief and love for what the sport of soccer means and can do here in the United States,” Flynn said in a statement. “I retire with immense appreciation and respect for everyone who played a role in my journey and now look forward to welcoming new leadership that will continue to advance the mission of U.S. Soccer at all levels of our game.”
During his 19-year career at U.S. Soccer, Flynn was instrumental in driving the federation’s growth into one of the most respected national governing bodies in the country. Starting in 2000, Flynn overhauled U.S. Soccer business framework, creating a strategic plan that catapulted the organization’s financial growth and providing a substantial reserve.
He also led the development and construction of soccer facilities to help grow the game in the U.S., including the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. in 2003, and the National Development Center in Kansas City, Kan., which opened in 2017. In partnership with Clark and Dan Hunt, Flynn shepherded the effort to open the new National Soccer Hall of Fame Experience in Frisco, Texas, in October 2018.
Flynn also spearheaded U.S. Soccer’s leadership on the women’s side of the game, putting his strong business background to work in preparing the framework to help the Local Organizing Committee successfully stage the 2003 Women’s World Cup on an expedited timeline. Along with former U.S. Soccer [resident Sunil Gulati, Flynn also helped create the innovative structure for the National Women’s Soccer League.
“First, I’d like to thank Dan for his incredible commitment to U.S. Soccer for the past 20 years,” U.S Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. “His steadfast leadership has been invaluable and drove the sport to new heights. As I said at our AGM earlier this year, Dan can look back on his tenure knowing that our Federation and soccer in America is stronger than ever because of his dedicated service.
“As our search for Dan’s successor continues, we are fortunate to have Brian Remedi willing to step in to ensure the smooth continuity of all Federation operations until we transition to a new and permanent leader. Brian is a long-tenured employee that brings a tremendous understanding of the organization and the people who serve it. I am confident he will bring a steady hand to the Federation as we transition to our next CEO.”
Remedi will begin his additional position as Chief Administrative Officer on September 16.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with U.S. Soccer staff, our membership and the U.S. Soccer board of directors to continue pushing the game forward,” Remedi said.