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Ex-Rev Nakhid Running for FIFA Presidency

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Matthew Stockman / Getty

Former Revolution midfielder David Nakhid recently announced via his Facebook page that he will seek the office of FIFA president when elections are held in February 2016.

Nakhid, 51, played 18 games for the Revolution in 1998, and is one of at least seven candidates who’ve announced their candidacy for the position, which Sepp Blatter will step down from next year. The Trinidad and Tobago native also played in a number of different countries during his 15-year career.

“For too long, we in the [Caribbean union] have been the handmaidens in CONCACAF,” Nakhid wrote on his Facebook campaign page. “The Caribbean must use its majority voting power to positively impact good corporate governance and serious development in football from the grassroots levels to the elite, within our region and in the wider global governing body.”

Longtime Revolution supporters will remember that Nakhid exited New England amid controversy after he accused teammate Edwin Gorton of using a racist slur against him. Gorton received a two-game ban, and was required to participate in league-mandated sensitivity training.

After Nakhid’s brief stay in New England, he moved on to Swedish side Malmo FF before calling it quits in 2005.

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