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 Wednesday, March 1
Steinbrecher resigns after nine years
 
Associated Press

 CHICAGO -- Hank Steinbrecher resigned Tuesday as executive director of the U.S. Soccer Federation, more than nine years after taking over as day-to-day head of the governing body.

Hank Steinbrecher
Hank Steinbrecher stepped down Tuesday after nine years as executive director of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Steinbrecher was hired in November 1990, four months after the United States finished 23rd among 24 nations in its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

He was the No. 2 executive in the USSF behind Robert Contiguglia, who replaced Alan Rothenberg as USSF president after the 1998 World Cup.

Contiguglia will be on the search committee for a new executive director. He will be joined by Rothenberg, Fricker, Nike president Tom Clarke and athlete representative Mary Harvey.

Following the 1990 World Cup, in a move backed by soccer's world governing body, Rothenberg was elected to replace Werner Fricker as president. Rothenberg then hired Steinbrecher, a marketing executive, to replace Keith Walker as secretary general and executive director.

The USSF tripled its staff to more than 100 under Steinbrecher. During his tenure, the U.S. team was host for the 1994 World Cup, advancing to the second round before finishing last at the 1998 tournament.

The U.S. women's team won the first FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991, the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and another World Cup last year, when it was played in the United States.

 


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