Cobi Jones: Blatter resignation presents opportunity

Necessary for Blatter to step down: Former FIFA star

The resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sent soccer's governing body into a tailspin, but it also presents it a chance to clean up its act, former U.S. Men's National Team player Cobi Jones said Wednesday.

"Everyone had a tough time understanding what was going on at FIFA, and I think FIFA sees now that this is the perfect time to come in and reorganize the situation and try to get the right people in there," he told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."

Jones added he believes that, with Blatter out of the picture, the organization could bring in new leadership from the likes of former soccer superstars Luis Figo and Michel Platini, who currently heads UEFA, FIFA's European division.

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"I think they have respect at all levels," he said. "It would be nice to get some fresh blood in there but, as you know, when you have a system that has been in place for years, it's tough for outsiders to come in and [execute change]."

On Tuesday, Blatter announced he would step down from his post shortly after being re-elected for a fifth term. Shortly after the announcement, The New York Times reported that Blatter was the focus of a federal corruption investigation.