Cordeiro elected president of US Soccer Federation

Cordeiro elected president of US Soccer Federation

Sunil Gulati's successor will be chosen at U.S. Soccer's Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where the election will determine which of the eight candidates will lead the federation forward. Ex-players such as Wynalda, Caliguiri and Solo, as well as the savvy Steve Gans and his fellow attorney Michael Winograd, who dropped out a the end of the second round with a 0% share, had offered some hope.

Cordeiro, 61, replaces Sunil Gulati, who had been at the helm of the federation for the past two decades.

Cordeiro, however, said he was the only candidate with the experience and plan to "hit the ground running on day and deliver the change we need".

All three failed badly, however, ultimately winning just over 20% combined from the US Soccer National Council, which is made up of more than 100 organisations representing youth and adult leagues as well as athletes and board members.

It led to a third ballot where Cordeiro emerged as a clear victor on 68.6 per cent and Carter and Martino ending on 10.6 per cent in joint second.

Gans and Winograd then withdrew. I want to thank all the candidates for a stirring campaign.

"I am extremely proud of my heritage", said Cordeiro, the son of a Portuguese-Indian father who died when he was 10 and a Colombian mother. I promise you I'm going to work together with all of you to bring us together as one united soccer community.

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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 has been credited with working to reform governance with a focus on greater transparency and accountability.

The official also represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA's Stakeholders Committee.

He revealed at the beginning of December that his current term would be his last. He will take that office exactly four months after the biggest failure in American soccer history, a 2-1 loss in Trinidad and Tobago that eliminated the USA men's national team from 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Cordeiro immediately takes over for Gulati, who decided against seeking a fourth four-year term after the USA was unable to make the 32-team World Cup field in Russian Federation.

But the World Cup elimination, the large field of candidates and the angry tone of the race drew quite a bit of outside interest this year.

They could choose to leave the position vacate until their AGM in 2019 or convene a special meeting to hold an election. The favorite to win Saturday's election, he won it in the third round of voting (full results here).

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