The Most Important Questions Remain Unanswered

In light of this week’s public outcry concerning the ongoing cultural issues plaguing the US Soccer Board of Directors, there are several questions that remain unanswered. The answers to these questions are important and need to be addressed. The culture of the Board has been an ongoing issue for a while, and Carlos Cordeiro’s resignation as President does nothing substantial to change that in and of itself. 

Cindy Parlow Cone, President of US Soccer

As Taylor Twellman points out in the tweet below, the people, process, and procedure didn’t work and must be revamped and reformed.

Here is a list of the most important questions that need answers:

  • What did the Board members know and when did they know it? 
  • Were some members of the board, including Cindy Parlow Cone, more involved with this case than others? 
  • If no one other than Carlos Cordeiro received the legal brief, why? 
  • What measures are being taken to ensure better oversight in the future?
  • If only Sunil Gulati leaves the Board due to Cordeiro becoming Past President, did anything really change?
  • How do you change the culture of an organization and a Board that is insular in nature and which the organization’s bylaws and policies are written to prevent change?
  • What steps are being taken to improve the culture and operations of the Board?
  • When will a strategic plan be developed and what will its priorities be?

I’m sure there are more questions that need to be added to this list, but getting answers to these questions will go a long way in providing insight to what the future will look like for US Soccer. In the meantime the US Soccer Board of Directors need to continue to feel the pressure from sponsors, the media, and the public until positive reforms and changes are adopted. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won’t keep the ship from heading to the bottom of the ocean.

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