US Soccer Vice President Carlos Cordeiro Elected to Top Spot

Carlos Cordeiro is elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation

From the very first round of voting, it was clear it was a two-candidate race, as Wynalda was third with 13.7 percent of the vote, more than 20 percent behind Cordeiro and Kathy Carter. Many assumed and were proven correct that if Carter hadn't won after the first ballot, it would be hard for her to win.

Former U.S. Olympic and World Cup goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the women's team for "unprofessional" comments made at the 2016 Rio Games, received less than 1.6 percent of the vote in each round.

"I was a player for almost 20 years and I saw first hand what Carlos Cordeiro's idea of change is", Solo said in her speech. In the first two rounds, he had been locked in a close battle with Kathy Carter, a marketing executive whose soccer life began as a youth player in Northern Virginia.

Boston-based lawyer Steve Gans and New Jersey attorney Michael Winograd also stood for the position.

The fate of the Athletes Council and whom it will support remains an unknown.

If those numbers hold, it will mean Carter is assured of at least 19 percent of Saturday's vote, giving her a solid platform for the presidency.

"To those of you who didn't vote for me, I'm going to work to earn your trust and your support over the next four years", Cordeiro said after winning the election in the third round of voting.

Carter, along with USSF vice-president Carlos Cordeiro, are widely seen as the establishment choices.

However, the former USA women's team No.1 slammed the eventual victor in a pre-election speech where she blasted Cordeiro as one of the establishment candidates and for standing by while little changed in the women's team's fight for equality.

Gans and Winograd then withdrew.

It didn't really matter who was elected, the reaction to the victor was going to be negative. "We know there are more, but they are just not playing under the [USSF's] umbrella".

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Cordeiro's strategy in wooing the voters was to toe that line between being an establishment candidate and reformer.

Mr. Cordeiro has been the right-hand man of outgoing president Sunil Gulati.

Carlos Cordeiro may have been Sunil Gulati's VP but he isn't a carbon copy of Gulati.

When asked why he's a better fit than the other seven candidates running, Cordeiro said he's "different" and "unique", before launching into a detailed explanation of his platform and how his experience sets him apart.

"I've been back and forth across the country for the last three months on a weekly basis", Cordeiro said on Saturday. They are concerned he will bring "more of the same".

So now that Cordeiro has been elected, what happens next? "Instead, that honor goes to Norway while the USA women, the most successful team ever, has to force it through the court system". A three-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting on Friday afternoon by the Athletes Council didn't achieve consensus, and the group returned for another session late Friday night after dinner. Waiting until the next meeting or a mail-in ballot might be the most financially prudent methods to take. For 10 years, Carlos Cordeiro was in a position to create change, and he did nothing.

Obviously, Cordeiro's decision in hiring the GM won't work unless he has people around him who are able to share good logic.

Staging the World Cup for the first time since 1994 would spark a huge financial boom for US Soccer and help solidify the game's place in the American sporting psyche. Roger Goodell takes a bunch of crap from all angles about the National Football League as commissioner but would he take that if the job was unpaid and he wasn't getting $50 million a year?

The USSF will need to conduct an election to fill the vice president void. "I think we have an opportunity to really transform it into a number one sport". And I can appreciate that. Six candidates vociferously argued for it. They may not be president, but they would be involved and be within the system.

Of course, that will require them to want to be a part of the solution even after having seeing their campaigns for the leadership spot fail.

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