In an election whose tenor was borderline toxic at times, Cordeiro is well aware of the difficulties the sport is facing, especially in the face of the failure of the USA men's national team to qualify for the World Cup. Cordeiro said in his remarks after winning the election.
Cordeiro, who first joined the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2007 as its independent director, replaces Sunil Gulati. They nearly never did side-by-side press conferences. As much as Cordeiro tried (and succeeded) in convincing voters he wasn't an establishment candidate, is an establishment candidate. And so Flynn was on the podium with him.
Other candidates include former USWNT star goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has been doing her best to shine a light on the inadequacies and accused corruptions of the current U.S. Soccer regime, as well as current USSF Vice President Carlos Cordeiro. The bid - which would see the USA host 60 of the 80 games with Mexico and Canada taking up the slack - is due in 34 days. Under U.S. law, 20 percent of the vote is from the athletes' council while the professional, adult and youth councils have 25.8 percent each.
But if there were two establishment candidates, as many felt there were, Cordeiro was one of them. Cordeiro entered the race a month before Gulati announced he would not run for re-election.
It was the first contested election since 1998. Our youth, our adults, our recreational players, our futsal teams, our Paralympic athletes, and our USA deaf team.
The 58-year-old had faced mounting pressure following the United States men's shock failure to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. "I think the demographics favor that". This election was swung, in the end, by the 20-member Athletes Council, which is required by USA law to have 20 percent of the overall vote. No one council has enough votes to get you across the line. But the Athletes Council was undecided, and its typical desire to vote as a unified bloc meant it could play the kingmaker as long as the athletes involved reached a consensus on a candidate. It reminded more than a few participants of serving on jury duty. Leslie Osborne, who had been at the Athlete Council meeting in October, just had a baby and missed the election. Carter dropped slightly to 33.3 percent while Wynalda and Martino both barely got to double digits.
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"The Athletes Council, they were under extreme pressure from the Federation, and change is very hard for people", she said. "It took a number of hours".
This signaled how important the Athlete's Council was to Cordeiro because without them. Had it chosen to do so with Carter instead, Carter would have won the election in the first round with 54.6 percent of the vote.
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.
Most of the the rhetoric in the lead-up to the most contentious election in US Soccer history focused on an innate failure at the grassroots to produce the kind of players who would help to build on a dream of winning the World Cup, potentially at home, in 2026. "We look forward to working with Carlos on the continued advancement of soccer in the United States". Leading up to the event, the eight candidates furiously campaigned in a controversial and convoluted battle for the presidency, an unpaid position. "To me that resonated strongly".
In round 2, Cordeiro's lead grew to 41.8 percent. In Round Three, MLS and the Pro Council switched from Carter to Cordeiro, giving him 68.6 percent and the victory. In a vote among the American Outlaws supporters group last week, Cordeiro finished dead last among the eight candidates, receiving just 1.3 percent of 904 votes. "And they don't all have to think alike". Now he'll have four years to convince the public that he's the right person for the job.