12 Feb Carlos Cordeiro elected as new U.S. Soccer President
U.S. Soccer’s membership elected Carlos Cordeiro as U.S. Soccer’s 32nd President during the National Council Meeting at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting Saturday morning at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Cordeiro, who won on the third ballot, replaces outgoing President Sunil Gulati and will serve a four-year term.
“Thank you to those of you who have supported me today,” Cordeiro said from the podium. “This is incredibly humbling. I want to thank all the candidates for a stirring campaign. I’d like to thank Sunil and our board for their tireless service. To those of you who didn’t vote for me, I’m going to work to earn your support and trust over the next four years. I promise I will work for all of you to bring us together as one soccer community. Thank you very much.”
Cordeiro was victorious in the first contested U.S. Soccer presidential election since 1998, winning the majority vote in an eight-candidate field which also featured Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION VOTING SUMMARY:
Ballot 1: Carlos Cordeiro (36.3%), Kathy Carter (34.6%), Eric Wynalda (13.7%), Kyle Martino (8.6%), Steve Gans (4.1%), Hope Solo (1.6%), Michael Winograd (0.6%), Paul Caligiuri (0.5%)
* Paul Caligiuri withdrew after first ballot
Ballot 2: Carlos Cordeiro (41.8%), Kathy Carter (33.3%), Eric Wynalda (10.8%), Kyle Martino (10.2%), Steve Gans (2.4%), Hope Solo (1.5%), Michael Winograd (0.0%)
* Michael Winograd and Steve Gans withdrew after second ballot
Ballot 3: Carlos Cordeiro (68.6%), Kathy Carter (10.6%), Kyle Martino (10.6%) Eric Wynalda (8.9%), Hope Solo (1.4%)
A life-long soccer fan, Cordeiro becomes President after serving in various roles with U.S. Soccer since being appointed as the Federation’s first Independent Director in 2007. As Vice President since 2016, he worked to reform Board governance with a focus on greater transparency and accountability. He has also previously served as Treasurer, Chair of the Budget Committee, and Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. In addition, he represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA’s Stakeholders Committee.
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