U.S. Soccer elected Carlos Cordeiro as its 32nd president on Saturday in Orlando.
Cordeiro tried to argue he was a change candidate but he and Kathy Carter, the on-leave president of Soccer United Marketing (an arm of MLS, which works closely with the USSF) were clearly the establishment choices in the field.
A business executive with more than 30 years of experience in global finance, he became a partner at Goldman Sachs in the early 1990s and was later appointed Vice Chairman-Asia.
Solo's bid fell short as Cordeiro won the presidency, garnering almost 70 percent of the vote, but her message didn't fall on deaf ears.
That's lead many fans to support ex-USMNT stars Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda, two candidates campaigning on changing the status quo in U.S. Soccer.
Carlos Cordeiro won in the third round of voting for U.S. Soccer president. In addition, he represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF Council and FIFA's Stakeholders Committee. He claimed to promote change, but as vice president since 2016, he was more of an insider pick than any other candidate. "U.S. Soccer needs to change, transformational change".
"I was a player for almost 20 years and I saw first hand what Carlos Cordeiro's idea of change is", Solo said in her speech. The two candidates combined to receive nearly three quarters of the vote on the first ballot and were the runaway leaders during the election process.
Caligiuri withdrew after taking just 0.5 percent of the vote on the first ballot while Michael Winograd and Steven Gans followed suit after the second. While the USA women, the most successful team ever, has to force it through the court system. The second round of voting saw Cordeiro pick up five percent of the vote, but there was still no majority. Additionally, former Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco will posthumously be honored as U.S. Soccer's 2018 Werner Fricker Award victor, while long-time soccer media professional Jim Trecker will be presented with the Colin Jose Media Award.
Martino inched closer to Wynalda but neither was close enough to the top two and it became apparent Cordeiro or Carter would win. In recent times it's been a very hard path, with the US men's national team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. This vote comes down to one simple question: "Who can actually deliver that change?" We have enjoyed a productive relationship with Carlos in his time as a U.S. Soccer board member during the last 11 years.