Cordeiro elected US Soccer President after third round victory


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.

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

The victor will assume Gulati's seat with immediate effect, while the outgoing president will remain in his role on the FIFA Council while also spearheading the USA's joint effort with Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

Cordeiro, the US Soccer vice-president, received 36.3 per cent in the first round to head the field, with Carter a close second on 34.6. "We have to do a number of things ourselves to make it happen, and make it happen more rapidly".

The official also represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA's Stakeholders Committee. MLS, as well as the National Women's Soccer League and United Soccer League, shifted their support to Cordeiro after the second ballot.

"We can't be here four years from now, realizing we made big mistakes", Solo said.

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Cordeiro immediately takes over for Gulati, who decided against seeking a fourth four-year term after the US was unable to make the 32-team World Cup field in Russian Federation. That failure sparked numerous demands for change in the USSF, leading us to today and the very contentious election process between a huge and diverse field of candidates.

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.

That cleared the road for Cordeiro, who easily won the third ballot with 69 percent of the vote.

The remaining 2.6 percent represents other constituents, such as board members, life members and fan representatives.

Caligiuri withdrew from the process after the round after polling just 0.5 per cent. Winograd and Gans bowed out after the second ballot, leaving Wynalda (10.8), Martino (10.2) and Solo (1.5) in the race with Cordeiro and Carter. 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. "It's not about any one council".

"Thank you to those of you who have supported me today", Cordeiro said from the podium. The rest of the voting by the members of Adult and Youth Councils varied for the different candidate, as they did not vote as a consensus. You need really a coalition of support.