Former U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He will join Former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach for an induction ceremony on Sept. 21 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame located at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. MLSsoccer.com reports that Gulati, was among nine finalists in the builder category.
Gulati, 59, was elected U.S. Soccer president in 2006 and served in that capacity till 2018. Last year, he announced that he would be stepping down, and not running for re-election. He was replaced by another Indian-American, Carlos Cordiero.
Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States. He is the former president of Kraft Soccer (New England Revolution), taking the position after serving as Major League Soccer’s deputy commissioner from its launch until 1999. The Allahabad-born Gulati chairs and/or serves on multiple FIFA and CONCACAF Committees.
Additionally, Gulati served on the board of directors of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently a member of the board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati, and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was established in 1950 and resides in Frisco, Texas at the newly-renovated Toyota Stadium.