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USSF president Sunil Gulati vying for FIFA Executive Committee seat

The USSF head is aiming to replace former colleague Chuck Blazer on FIFA's most senior committee

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati is aiming for one of soccer's top gigs. The 53-year-old Columbia University economics professor and head of U.S. Soccer is in the running to replace compatriot Chuck Blazer on FIFA's powerful Executive Committee.

Gulati, a former MLS executive and former head of Kraft Soccer who became head of USSF in 2006, will face tough opposition for the spot from FMF President Justino Compean. Compean has served a similar amount of time as head of one of CONCACAF's two footballing powers, also being elected to the FMF presidency in 2006.

Chuck Blazer, the former CONCACAF Secretary General, announced last month he would not be seeking a fifth term on FIFA's highest committee. He became unpopular with FIFA for his part in exposing bribes paid to CONCACAF federation heads by AFC President Mohammed Bin Hammam and CONCACAF President Jack Warner during Bin Hammam's ill-fated candidacy for the FIFA presidency in 2011.

The election will take place at the CONCACAF Congress in Panama City on April 19. Each of the region's 40 members will have a vote.

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