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The United States Soccer Federation will have a new president, and it's current vice president Carlos Cordeiro.

Cordeiro takes over from Sunil Gulati, who closes out 12 years of holding the position mired in controversy, thanks to decisions made during the most recent World Cup Qualifying cycle that played a role in the USMNT missing the World Cup. But almost all of the backlash during this election towards U.S. Soccer, aside from the women's national team deserving equal pay, is because of one thing: the men's national team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"We got a candidate we can unify behind", Holden said about Cordeiro after the vote, per Fox Soccer. "We have to do a number of things ourselves to make it happen, and make it happen more rapidly", he said.

The election received significantly more attention than in past years where Gulati typically ran without an opponent, likely because of the failed qualifying bid and a field of eight hopeful candidates.

Carter's support among delegates attending USSF's annual general meeting slipped each round - from 34.6 percent to 33.3 on the second ballot, to 10.6 on the third, when the field had shrunk to five. "The establishment is backing two candidates who represent continuity, who represent, not change, and who will deliver more of the same-failure on the pitch, chaos and conflict off of it and not the progress that we need".


The official also represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA's Stakeholders Committee.

Cordeiro immediately takes over for Gulati, who decided against seeking a fourth four-year term after the USA was unable to make the 32-team World Cup field in Russian Federation.

Cordeiro's percentage increased each round of the body's first contested election in almost two decades, rising from 36.3 to 41.8 on the second ballot. 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.

Caligiuri withdrew from the process after the round after polling just 0.5 per cent.

Former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo finished with 1.4 percent of the vote on the third and final ballot. While he was the consummate insider, he was independent - something he stressed time and again during the campaign - which did not place him in one of the four councils in opposition to the other three. Martino, Wynalda and company fought valiantly to get somebody into the office that was from the outside, but in the end it was never going to be enough. Cordeiro said in his remarks after winning the election.


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