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Long-time US Club Soccer chairman Phil Wright re-appointed to two-year term

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (Via US Club Soccer) – Phil Wright, who has served US Club Soccer as its Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2003, has been re-appointed by the board to a two-year term.

Last month, US Club Soccer members re-elected Mike Sweeney (Region II) and Tom Atencio (Region IV) and voted in newcomers Mike Cullina (Region I) and George Fotopoulos (Region III). All four have begun serving two-year terms.

The nine-member US Club Soccer Board of Directors is made up of a chairman and two representatives from each region. The board plays a vital role making policy decisions to better serve US Club Soccer’s members. Among the new board’s first responsibilities was to appoint a chairman.

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“I want to thank the Board for their ongoing confidence in me,” Wright said. “I’m proud of what US Club Soccer has accomplished, and yet I’m so excited for our future, because I strongly believe our best days are ahead of us.”

The former President and Director of Coaching of San Juan SC is a U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License holder and was the recipient of the 1997 NSCAA National Youth Coach of the Year (competitive boys category).

“This will be my final term as chairman, as I strongly believe new blood is always important to the long-term health of an organization,” Wright added. “After this term, I intend to let the next generation of committed soccer professionals take the reins.”

While US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne has only been in his respective role since January, he’s well versed in the cumulative work Wright has done for the organization. “Without Phil’s guidance, US Club Soccer would not be where it is today,” Payne said. “He’s helped US Club Soccer become a defining organization in youth soccer, and I look forward to more accomplishments during his final two-year term and beyond.”

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