KENYA BROWN - Saturday, February 10, 2018
Carlos Cordeiro is now the president of the United States Soccer Federation after months of campaigning came to an end on Saturday with the vote in Orlando, Florida.
The 61-year-old, who was vice president of the federation, now replaces his predecessor Sunil Gulati at a time when the men's national team will miss out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the future of the sport in country and other issues.
Cordeiro sealed his presidential victory in the third round as he garnered 68.6 percent compared with opponent Kathy Carter who got 10.6 percent. Kyle Martino, Eric Wynalda and Hope Solo, who ran on a platform of change in the federation during their campaigns, did not win enough votes to put up a challenge in the end.
The former Goldman Sachs executive, who was considered an establishment candidate, ran on a platform of reforming the structure of US Soccer by making the role of president more like the chairman of the board and creating a technical department that would oversee all on-field issues, including the hiring of coaches.
Cordeiro has stated previously that he wants to appoint an independent board member to supervise the awarding of future commercial rights contracts. He has also said that he would make soccer more reasonably priced for players and coaches.
One of the top issues on Cordeiro's agenda as he takes over the post will be to launch the search for the next head coach of
the men's national team.