Welcome to the website of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Council


Congratulations to former Athlete Council member 

Cindy Parlow Cone on becoming the first female Vice President in U.S. Soccer history.

About Us

What is the Athlete Council?

The United States Soccer Federation's Athlete Council is a group of twenty athletes who are elected by their peers. The purpose of the council as laid out in U.S. Soccer's bylaws is to:

  • Provide a broader means of communication between Athletes and the Federation
  • Make reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors about matters affecting Athletes

Why does the Federation have an Athlete Council?

The Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act of 1978 (amended 1998):

  • Defines an athlete to be anyone who has competed for their respective National Team within the last two years OR anyone who has competed in a major world championship within the last ten years.
  • Mandates that athletes be 20% of the voice and vote in Olympic Sport in the United States
  • The 20% rule applies to:
    • USOC Board and Committees
    • U.S. Soccer Board and Committees (Budget, Nominating, and Governance)
    • Also mandates that the USOC has an Athletes’ Advisory Council



Chris Ahrens (Chair) 

Yael Averbuch 

Carlos Bocanegra (Vice-Chair)

 Brian Ching

 Landon Donovan

 Brad Guzan

 Kevin Hensley

Stuart Holden

Meghan Klingenberg

Ali Krieger

Lori Lindsay 

Alex Morgan 

John O'Brien (USOC, Alternate)

Heather O'Reilly

Nick Perera 

Becky Sauerbrunn 

Gavin Sibayan,

Jonathan Spector 

Lindsay Tarpley

Aly Wagner (USOC)

*USOC indicates athletes who also serve on the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council