Eric on Transparency and Good Governance

January 7, 2018

Transparency is good and necessary, but good governance is the overall aspect that needs to be evaluated, addressed, and improved. For example, consistent with best practices employed by not for profit entities nationally, as well as most Federal, state and local government entities, I would propose a Board-approved and Board-enforced policy that would require all USSF service and contract procurement processes be subject to a mandatory competitive bid process. The service and contract procurement process would include all contracts and transactions over an agreed upon de minimis amount as established by the Board. The competitive bid process would be established to promote fair dealing with market vendors and service providers. It would also establish a safe harbor arrangement for determining fair market pricing by encouraging transparency and a level playing field.

This would require that all service and contract procurement subject to the Board policy receive at least three bona fide bids under a sealed-bid process with final selection reviewed and voted on by the Board. This is consistent with best practices among not for profit institutions nationally, and allows USSF to establish itself once again as a leader around the world in corporate governance of football associations – which has clearly been a concern around the globe in recent years.

After reviewing the US Soccer bylaws, the fact that this policy doesn’t currently exist is a problem. It is an indictment against the current leadership. When we fail to provide adequate accountability and oversight, we invite the appearance of shady dealings and collusion at the very least.

Any candidate for President of US Soccer who does not endorse this policy, or propose a similar policy, ahead of the election is merely paying lip service to the issue, and should not be trusted to push for transparency and good governance once elected.

Sincerely,

Eric Wynalda
US Soccer Presidential Candidate

17 Responses to “Eric on Transparency and Good Governance

  • Mr. Wynalda,

    Thank you so much for the transparency. I agree with everything you say. The establishment of a board will help check and balance the system. I wish I could help do my part in US Soccer. I recently found out that the USSF has only one full time scout. If you were willing to show me the way, I would do everything I can and fully commit myself full time to US Soccer by working towards becoming a scout. I speak spanish and live in the Los Angeles area. I am very passionate about soccer here and its growth. If I was given the opportunity, I will not let you down. If you would give me a moment to pitch myself to you, I wouldn’t waste your time. Thank yo for your time and I hope to hear from you.

  • Mr. Wynalda,

    I have to say I look at you differently after hearing a 343 podcast from 2 years ago. I was not a big fan as you come accross arrogant. Listening to you was exactly what you described about Nick Saban. You were very open and the biggest thing I found inspiring was your passion for US soccer and how you are just a regular person that wears his emotion on his sleeves.

    I coach at the youth Club level for a large so cal club. I only mention this because I am inside the system you are hoping to fix. Listening to you is pretty spot on. I do have some access to the inner workings of US soccer. My over all opinion is that all the politics and the lack of involvement by US soccer at the youth level is something that has to be addressed.

    Positions in US soccer should not be given just because of who you know.. I also do not agree DA should be given to local clubs. US should set up there own league with US staff coaches. Soccer is a business at the youth level and poor decisions are often made with financial gain becoming more important than a quality program.

    ODP should have been expanded and organized as the pinnacle of Youth soccer with no involvement from Clubs. Clubs would be more of a player pool that US soccer can draw from. If certain Clubs show consistency with success DOC’s would be good applicants to hire. US soccer has decreased the player pool as it is monopolizing at a fast rate. I can go forever but just wanted to say I like your passion. Continue to push and hopefully you get an opportunity.

    As a passionate person on this subject its the mindset that concerns. Like Pep it will burn you out when you only settle for perfection and won’t accept defeat.

    Thank You

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