Both suddenly find themselves in charge of an organization facing “challenging times.”
“With so many things going on in the federation and the world right now, I’m literally working day and night to ensure we have a smooth transition from Carlos to me as president, and with Will as our CEO,” Parlow Cone said on a media conference call Tuesday. “As you can imagine I didn’t plan to find myself in this position.
Parlow Cone said she hopes to settle the lawsuit out of court as soon as possible. Then there is work to do to unite players, fans and the federation behind the goal of further developing women’s soccer in this country.
It’s going to take a lot of effort and time and energy from the U.S.
While the women’s team remains the best in the world, the men’s team has struggled. The men, who have been without a collective bargaining agreement for more than a year, didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
“Yes, there are issues,” said Wilson, who replaced longtime CEO Dan Flynn, who retired.
“That’s obvious. But for me it was the fact that we had to address those and find resolutions, attack the culture and really create a place that people want to be and want to work.
And of course there are issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the suspension of the MLS, USL and NWSL seasons as well as the postponed U.S.
“There’s definitely things to be addressed.
There’s no question. And a lot of them very public,” Wilson added.
“For me I view it as a huge opportunity and I believe that U.S.
Soccer has in and of itself a great opportunity with a lot of things on the horizon.”