U.S. soccer chief to speak at WNEC

Sunil Gulati

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SPRINGFIELD — The Western New England College (WNEC) Center for International Sport Business (CISB) will host "USA Soccer on the World Stage," a talk by U.S. Soccer Federation President and New England Revolution President Sunil Gulati, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Sleith Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

CISB Director Curt Hamakawa said, "Sunil Gulati has poured his heart into promoting soccer in the United States. The sport has experienced tremendous growth and an unprecedented following under his stewardship."

The program will feature a conversation on the state of soccer in the United States and abroad.

In addition to his duties with the U.S. Soccer Federation, Gulati serves as president of The Kraft Group's Major League Soccer (MLS) New England Revolution. He has more than 30 years of soccer experience, from the grassroots level to the F d ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, including leading the recent bid effort to bring the World Cup back to the United States.

Previously, Gulati was an economist for the World Bank before serving as executive vice president and chief international officer of the FIFA World Cup USA 1994, and subsequently as MLS deputy commissioner.

A graduate of Bucknell University, Gulati earned his master of arts and master of philosophy degrees in economics at Columbia University, where he currently teaches classes in introductory economics, microeconomics, and the global economy.

Gulati's visit is part of the CISB popular "For the Love of the Games" speaker series. Since its launch in 2007, the series has featured prominent figures from the world of sport and business including World Anti-Doping Agency Chair and International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, International World Games Association President Ron Froehlich, Olympic long-jump champion Bob Beamon, ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine, former Women's Sports Foundation CEO Donna Lopiano, New York Times sports writer Lynn Zinser, retired Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Trombley, and former U.S. Olympic Committee official Greg Harney.

The speaker series is made possible in part by a grant from the WNEC Alumni Association.

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