American soccer fans turned from MLS Cup to the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal after a new batch of arrests in Switzerland. More charges were leveled against top officials as the probe into corruption amongst soccer's most powerful drew the eye of fans across the world.
That attention will come full circle as a FIFA presidential candidate will be coming to Columbus to meet with American soccer's power brokers. Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein is in the United States and is expected to meet with U.S. Soccer's Board of Governors during MLS Cup weekend according to an interview with the Washington Post's Steve Goff.
It's certainly not clear that Prince Ali bin al-Hussein would be able to clean up an organization rife with corruption and bribery accusations, but he has a strong reputation as a reformer within his home country of Jordan and he's extended that reputation during his time leading the Asian Football Confederation.
Prince Ali was defeated by Sepp Blatter in the May 2015 FIFA Presidential election. The President of U.S. Soccer, Sunil Gulati pledged support for Prince Ali's campaign earlier and the prince is undoubtedly looking to shore up that backing for the special Presidential election in 2016 and talk strategy in how to navigate the fierce politics of the
FIFA is being torn down in Washington by Loretta Lynch and Department of Justice. Why not have some of the building blocks for a better FIFA made in Columbus.