Sunday, the US Soccer Federation announced its decision to end the 20-year long partnership with Soccer United Marketing, a move SFC has called for since 2018.
Soccer United Marketing is the for-profit arm of Major League Soccer. Don Garber helms both organizations, and both organizations share common owners. As such, these owners have prioritized revenues for the men's professional league instead of distributing funds equally through the men's and women's teams and lower division leagues.
"The decision for USSF and SUM to end its 20-year partnership next year is a step in the right direction," said Brian Hess, Executive Director of Sports Fans Coalition. "The flagrant conflict of interest has been at the heart of so much that ills US Soccer. While SFC has long advocated for the disbanding of this partnership, ultimately, though, the devil is in the details. We will continue to keep a close eye on both USSF and SUM."