Carlos Cordeiro Elected As U.S. Soccer President
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Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer congratulates Carlos Cordeiro on being elected the 32nd President of the United States Soccer Federation. Cordeiro beat out a field of eight candidates, which included Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda, to succeed Sunil Gulati.
At the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Florida, Cordeiro was elected by the federation membership (including Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, which had six votes) on the third ballot with 68.6 percent of the final vote. He will serve a four-year term.
"Thank you to those of you who have supported me today,” Cordeiro told the membership. “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, a lifelong soccer fan, has held various leadership positions within the sport. He became the federation's first Independent Director in 2007 before being elected Vice President in 2016. Cordeiro has also 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.
"We supported Carlos' candidacy and are confident he will lead us in positive directions," said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome, "and work to grow the sport at all levels."