Senior Vice President, Competition & Player Relations
As Senior Vice President, Competition & Player Relations, Lino DiCuollo oversees the league’s acquisition and retention of players, including senior and supplemental rosters. Among his primary responsibilities are overseeing MLS clubs’ compliance with MLS roster and budget guidelines, managing the league’s centralized role in approving player contracts, and leading the League’s efforts in global player recruitment.
DiCuollo joined MLS in 2005. Since then, he has liaised with all expansion clubs to manage their rosters upon entering MLS, played a key role in assisting senior executives and ownership in formulating player investment strategies, and introduced a technology initiative in the league’s global scouting efforts to assist clubs in their player recruitment strategies. He also oversees the League’s strategic initiatives related to youth player acquisition and retention in the United States and Canada, as well as all player signings from the League’s Allocation List.
DiCuollo works with the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Federation, CONCACAF and FIFA to ensure that MLS and its clubs are in compliance with regional and global player registration matters.
DiCuollo graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics in 1993, where he was a four-year starter for the men’s soccer team, playing in two Final Fours. He was inducted to the Rutgers University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
He received his J.D. at Rutgers School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations that same year. He also received his MBA from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2003.
He lives in Darien, CT, with his wife, son and twin daughters.