In yesterday’s USSF Election, Carlos Cordeiro was elected as the new president of the United States Soccer Federation.
The result of the USSF Elections are without a doubt disappointing from the perspective of fans. If you don’t believe me, just look at the replies on US Soccer’s Twitter. Many fans would have preferred a change candidate such as Kyle Martino or Eric Wynalda rather than Cordeiro, especially considering his background as a Goldman Sachs partner and Sunil Gulati’s Vice President.
Cordeiro was a candidate that for the most part flew under the radar throughout the election cycle. Unlike Kathy Carter, Eric Wynalda, Kyle Martino, and Hope Solo, Cordeiro’s name was not seen much in the press.
The guy closest to center won... https://t.co/GGtx00yhjj— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) February 10, 2018
OK. Here’s my analysis. If Carter didn’t run, Cordeiro wins on the first vote.— Erik Stover (@ErikStoverNYC) February 10, 2018
With Carter & Cordeiro running, the change candidates only chance was to rally behind 1 candidate before the vote started. They couldn’t find consensus splitting the change votes to small %s
"A vote for either one of them is a vote for the status quo, disunity, discord and more failure." - Hope Solo focusing her speech on 'establishment' candidates, Kathy Carter & Carlos Cordeiro. #USSFPresident #USSFElection #USSF pic.twitter.com/EA2QBcizfb— Sebastian Salazar (@SebiSalazarFUT) February 10, 2018
Carlos Cordeiro is your NEW U.S. Soccer president. He overcame the stigma of being labeled "status quo" and realistically he is the best equipped to handle the job, and most importantly, to learn from Sunil Gulati's mistakes. He has a BIG job ahead of him.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 10, 2018
Congratulations to Carlos Cordeiro on winning an unpaid position where fans will assume the worst about you and blame you for some overarching conspiracy to keep whatever hot button issue they want to happen from happening.— The Nutmeg News (@TheNutmegNews) February 10, 2018
It’s hard not to be disappointed about this news, especially as it demonstrates the disconnect between fans and those in charge of US Soccer. From the perspective of a Cosmos fan, this isn’t the news we would like to hear. A more NASL friendly change candidate rather than someone so close to the current federation would have been preferred by many. Although massive change doesn’t seem likely, we can still hope that things get better, I guess.