NEXT GEN

UNITED

Breaking the mold. Changing the game.

We believe that US Soccer should look more like the people that play soccer in our country, and that includes having youth and minority voices at the highest levels. 

We are running for the US Soccer Athlete Council to bring a fresh perspective and champion a unified message: 

1.

Soccer is for everyone. The Federation must work to dismantle the barriers that have historically prevented women, minorities, low-income kids, people with disabilities, and immigrant communities from being a full part of the US Soccer family.

2.

One Nation One Team means family. The Federation can better serve its Athletes by fostering more connectivity across programs, providing better mental health support, and standing with us when we use our platforms to fight for justice. This way, the Athlete Council can be an even more effective partner to the Federation in making soccer the preeminent sport in the United States.

THE NEXT GEN FIVE

FOR THE US SOCCER ATHLETE COUNCIL

MATT FREESE

Philadelphia Union

SMITH HUNTER

Harvard

University

MIKEY LÓPEZ

Birmingham

Legion

NICK MAYHUGH

Paralympic

National Team

BRIANNA PINTO

University of

North Carolina

VOTE FOR THE NEXT GEN FIVE

WHEN
The election runs from November 5–18.
WHO
Any US Soccer National Team Athlete* can vote.
HOW
Vote online following the instructions in our "Vote" tab.
* Athlete Eligibility Criteria: 
A player becomes a designated "Athlete" by having participated (either by playing or being rostered) in a qualifying "Event" for any official US Soccer National Team. Some Events grant 10 years of Athlete eligibility, while all other Events grant 2 years of eligibility.
Eligibility begins from the date of the last qualifying Event in which the Athlete competed or was rostered.

10-Year Events

 

Official FIFA or IPC Fixtures:
World Cup (senior or youth)
WC Qualifier (senior or youth)
Gold Cup or Copa America
Paralympic World Championship


Official USOC Fixtures:
Olympics or Paralympics
Olympic Qualifier
Pan American Games

2-Year Events

 

Athlete was rostered and/or played in any official game for any US National Team that is not included in the official 10-year Athlete qualifying Events.

DID YOU KNOW?

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The Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act of 1978 mandates that "Athletes" make up at least 20% of the voice and vote in Olympic Sport organizations in the United States. Congress recently increased that percentage to 33%.

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US Soccer has 22 National Teams, including Futsal, Para, Men's & Women's Beach, and multiple Youth National Teams. All of them count toward "Athlete" eligibility.

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Many well-respected organizations, including universities like Princeton, reserve seats on their boards for the next generation. In fact, Brianna Pinto served as US Soccer's youth representative during the 2026 United Bid.

MAKE SURE TO VOTE

Eligible to vote? Receive a reminder.
Optional: Tell us 3 of your Athlete friends or teammates that you will also encourage to vote.