On June 27th I posted a series of tweets with links to a bunch of my older articles trying to give some background information to those new to the conversation about the recently released Audited Financials from the USSF...
Back in March I started asking questions about USSF subsidy corporation CA2016 >>> https://t.co/eSvawHcEmm <<< in May I sent a letter to the National Council members asking some questions that I felt were important >>> https://t.co/TygSviEfbU <<<— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
A little over a week ago the USSF finally released the Audited Financials, the thing is they didn't answer many questions and brought up quite a few more >>> https://t.co/2KQ3Yb74FX <<< and when we pair all these questions with the fact that MLS leadership have been exempted from— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
the USSF conflict of interest policy >>> https://t.co/9Wk6qswVvR <<< it makes the fact that the USSF's deal with SUM is so undervalued quite a bit more... shady >>> https://t.co/XvaG6fiED7 <<< and this exemption from the COI policy kind of makes so many of these issues with— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
Sunil Gulati make so much more sense >>> https://t.co/hSHrtbcCcl <<< since these COI issues were actually not "issues" by the By-Laws of the organization. Now back in October of 2017 I asked why the US soccer media wasn't asking more questions about major issues that are STILL— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
pending in the courts >>> https://t.co/PY9pHtg2sN <<< and just this week I have to wonder why literally zero writers are covering the released Audited Financials and all of these issues related to them >>> https://t.co/jqUp8w9jVb <<< but we know USSF has had COI issues for a long— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
time now... since the creation of MLS >>> https://t.co/IXQGxtsrFx <<< and we've never had a media member get FIFA on record if the structure of MLS violates FIFA statutes >>> https://t.co/82SvLaVXDl <<< and we've never had anybody really do the research in finding out how much— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
was known by who concerning Chuck Blazer (like I looked in to some in 2015) >>> https://t.co/mB5BZNaU0A <<< I know I asked this a while back but when are we going to start to ask the hard questions? >>> https://t.co/5nZnpLF2Yv <<< We absolutely— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
have to have a press that is going to dig in to USSF business. Regardless of whether you think #ProRelForUSA is needed or not... allowing potential dirty business dealing to exist right in front of your face and to do NOTHING about exposing it is not what is needed.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
I implore you... if you have the ability to look in to this and if you do think it is a story... please write about it. The game in this nation needs you to do it. Take a few hours after the World Cup goes off every day and read up... do some research. Then WRITE about it.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) June 28, 2018
This story is "something", it absolutely is not "nothing"... the game in this country needs an active press (or at least a couple writers) who keep those in charge honest. Whether these dealings have been against the law or not I don't know for certain. What I do know is that none of this looks good, all of it smells fishy, and there is absolutely no way that how this sport is being governed is producing excellence in any way shape or form.
A couple of years ago basically nobody in the "soccer media" was writing about Soccer United Marketing and even less than that knew what it was in the general soccer public. Today you can at least find something out about it and it has started to enter the conversation. The general soccer public is starting to notice that the two are basically one and the same in the United States. Soccer United Marketing and the USSF... soccer politics... how the game is managed from u4 to the USWNT... it is all tied together... it all matters. The people involved in every way with the game deserve to know what is going on.
It is up to the media to let us all know.
Convince your editor to let you write an article about the recently released Audited Financials and the issues concerning them. Let the general soccer public know how much it matters. Let them know there is more to what is going on that the potential next picks for the USMNT manager position.
The game deserves it.