U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati was elected Friday to FIFA's executive committee, defeating Mexican Football President Justino Campeon by one vote.
Gulati won 18-17 in a balloting at the congress of North and Central American and Caribbean Football in Panama City, USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said.
Gulati will join soccer's 25-member ruling body at the FIFA Congress on May 30-31 in Mauritius. He will take the seat of fellow American Chuck Blazer, who had held it since 1997.
Blazer was elected 5-2 then by the CONCACAF executive committee following the death of Mexico's Guillermo Canedo.
The 53-year-old Gulati, a teacher in the economics department at Columbia University, has been the USSF president since 2006.
''The game is growing tremendously in our region both on and off the field, and I hope to do my part to continue to expand the development of the game for both CONCACAF and FIFA,'' he said in a statement.
Blazer, the former secretary general of CONCACAF, decid...