Portuguese American Carlos Cordeiro was elected today 32th president of the United States Soccer Federation. Whether it will get the change many of its members desire remains to be seen. They also employ Kathy Carter, one of the leading candidates in the election, and many feel that a win for her would be a win for the status quo in U.S. Soccer, which few fans seem to want.
The election took three rounds and while Cordeiro led all three ballots, he achieved the winning majority (50 percent plus one) in the third round with 68.6 percent of the vote.
Support from the Athletes' Council reportedly propelled Cordeiro to victory. Solo said Carter refused to furnish US senators with a breakdown of breakdown of revenue for the men's and women's national teams she refused.
Cordeiro was Gulati's right-hand man the past two years.
It is also rumored that USL also chose to back Cordeiro, while MLS and NWSL backed Gulati's pick in Kathy Carter, and the NASL stuck with Eric Wynalda. Carter had that. Cordeiro, despite his close working relationship with Gulati, declared his candidacy without the outgoing president's blessing.
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Nine candidates entered the race for the position, of which eight were cleared to run. "A vote for either one of them is a vote for the status quo, disunity, discord and more failure". But his opponents will retain skepticism that a man who has been part of the USSF power structure for over a decade can suddenly pivot the organization in a new direction.
Solo cited earning $40,000 less than than USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard in 2008 despite playing 15 more games and winning the World Cup and winning league keeper of the year honors when Howard didn't win anything, approves unequal playing conditions and pay among the men's women's professional ranks as evidence of the federation/s ineptitude under Cordeiro. He was then elected vice president in 2016.
Cordeiro is expected to have a key role in the American bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, a joint effort alongside Canada and Mexico.
US Soccer has a new president, yet those demanding radical change following the failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup were left deflated on Saturday. Cordeiro won 36 percent of the vote, Carter 35 percent, Wynalda 14 percent and Martino 9 percent. But none of the six - four former national teamers, two lawyers with soccer backgrounds - had extensive experience as high-ranking soccer administrators. The National Council Meeting begins at 8 a.m. ET, with the election itself scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.