Carlos Cordeiro elected new president of US Soccer Federation

Carlos Cordeiro became U.S. Soccer vice president in 2016. Two years later he was elected president. More

Carlos Cordeiro became U.S. Soccer vice president in 2016. Two years later he was elected president. More

Carlos Cordeiro insists he's the right choice to lead the U.S. Soccer Federation, which must chart a new course after its men's national team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

Cordeiro was considered an establishment candidate after having served as former president Sunil Gulati's second in command, but former players had his back instead of recent US team members like Solo, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino. The two establishment candidates Carlos Cordeiro and Kathy Carter have not just been part of the system, they have created and shaped USA soccer into what it is today.

Cordeiro received just 36.3 percent of the vote during the first round of voting, but then received 41.8 percent in the second round and finally 68.6 percent in the third and final round.

Cordeiro was Gulati's right-hand man the past two years.

The election was contested between eight candidates.

"I said winning this election is going to be about building a coalition", Cordeiro said.

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

It is also rumored that USL also chose to back Cordeiro, while MLS and NWSL backed Gulati's pick in Kathy Carter, and the NASL stuck with Eric Wynalda.

Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic of the United States men's national team react to their loss against Trinidad and Tobago during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier on October 10, 2017.

It was clear, though, from the first ballot that the battle looked to be between Cordeiro and Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter.

Cordeiro, born in 1956 to a Colombian mother and a Portuguese father, has served various roles with U.S. Soccer since being appointed as the federation's first independent director in 2007.

The 58-year-old had faced mounting pressure following the U.S. men's shock failure to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Caligiuri withdrew after receiving less than 1 percent on the first ballot. Carter and Wynalda remained second and third, but their shares of the vote both decreased, to 33.3 and 10.8 respectively. In addition, he represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA's Stakeholders Committee. "I think we have an opportunity to really transform it into a number one sport".

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