Carlos Cordeiro elected US Soccer president

11 February, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Carlos Cordeiro has been elected president of the US Soccer Federation on Saturday

Carlos Cordeiro was elected as the new president of US Soccer on Saturday morning at the annual US Soccer Annual General Meeting in Orlando.

For the first time since 2006, there will be a new U.S. Soccer president. He worked on the 2022 World Cup bid in 2010 and is on the United Bid Committee's board of directors overseeing the effort to win the 2026 World Cup hosting rights for the USA, Canada and Mexico.

His ultimate goal is to help soccer realize its vast potential in the United States he said. "There's a reason why the millennials identify with soccer, so I think that's very much in our favor".

Cordeiro, a former Goldman Sachs partner, was elected on the third ballot with 68.6 percent of the vote. Cordeiro pulled away from Kathy Carter, who is on leave as president of Major League Soccer's marketing arm.

"We're excited for Carlos", said MLS commissioner Don Garber after the election. The women's game - the push for equal play for national team players and the problems facing the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - needs looking at too. Soccer analysts Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda netted 10.6 and 8.9 percent of the third-ballot vote, respectively.

Fans upset with Gulati will feel like nothing is going to change with Cordeiro as president.

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"Elections are messy", said Gulati during a 45-minute address before the electronic votes were cast on cellphone-sized voting pads that caused a fair amount of head-scratching in amongst the electorate. "A vote for either one of them is a vote for the status quo, disunity, discord and more failure". There are plenty of changes that need to be made in youth soccer, from making it more affordable for low-income families to getting better coaches to instruct our kids. "Today, the status quo is unacceptable", he said.

Cordeiro, who represents US Soccer on the Concacaf council and Fifa Stakeholders Committee, reached 41.8% at the second time of asking with Carter on 33.3%. This vote comes down to one simple question: "Who can actually deliver that change?" Outside of soccer, Cordeiro has spent more than three decades as a business executive. Gulati will retain a role as a member of the USSF board and the Federation Internationale de Football Association executive council, and as chairman of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

But as the results of the second ballot were announced, it was clear that the two polarizing candidates - Carter and Wynalda - had, as many suspected would happen, had hit their ceilings.

Cordeiro's percentage increased each round of the body's first contested election in almost two decades, rising from 36.3 to 41.8 on the second ballot.

Paul Caligiuri dropped out after the first ballot, andMichael Winograd and Gans withdrew after the second ballot. Additionally, former Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco will posthumously be honored as U.S. Soccer's 2018 Werner Fricker Award victor, while long-time soccer media professional Jim Trecker will be presented with the Colin Jose Media Award.



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