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US Soccer CEO Dan Flynn retiring

Flynn has held the position for 19 years and will step down next week.

players gather after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
players gather after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Dan Flynn, chief executive officer of the United States Soccer Federation since 2000, announced his retirement Monday. Flynn will step down next Monday, Sept. 16

U.S. Soccer has already begun a search for its next CEO. In the meantime, chief stakeholder officer Brian Remedi will take on the title of chief administrative officer to ease the transition. Remedi has worked for the organization since 2006 and is one of numerous candidates who have interviewed to replace Flynn, according to the Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.

A press release from U.S. Soccer describes Flynn as “instrumental in driving the Federation’s incredible growth into one of the most respected national governing bodies in the country” and credits him with “creating a strategic plan that catapulted the organization’s financial growth and providing a substantial reserve for future endeavors.” He led the construction of U.S. Soccer’s national training center in Carson, Calif., in 2003, and its national development center in Kansas City, Kan., in 2017. Flynn worked with FC Dallas executives Clark and Dan Hunt to open the National Soccer Hall of Fame Experience in Frisco, Texas, in 2018.

U.S. Soccer revenues grew from $36.3 million in fiscal year 2005 to more than $290 million last year, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.

“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 in a prepared statement. “His steadfast leadership has been invaluable and drove the sport to new heights. As I said at our [annual general meeting] 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.”

The organization’s next CEO will report to Cordeiro and oversee 10 executive staff positions.

“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. “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.”

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