US Soccer sticks with status quo by electing Cordeiro as new president

The United States missed out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. After falling to Trinidad & Tobago, the door seemed open for some major changes in the organization of US Soccer.

Gulati also steps down amid multiple lawsuits between U.S. Soccer - the sport's official governing body in the U.S. - and the North American Soccer League.

Cordeiro, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker, immediately promised that he would bring unity to the federation saying: "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".

"Cordeiro is calling for U.S. Soccer to grow the sport at all levels, starting with "[bringing] more young people into our ranks as registered players and [to] focus on Youth Soccer less as a business and more as a way to develop talent on the field and nurture our next generation of young adults", according to his published platform.

He replaces Sunil Gulati after an election in Orlando, Florida that required three rounds of voting to finally crown Cordeiro. Those running for the post included Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda.

What is next for American soccer?

Cordeiro is nearly certainly going to steer a similar course as it did under Gulati. At the league level, MLS has grown to record heights, with an increasing level of talent, the NWSL was created and has been the most successful women's league in the USA to date, and the lower leagues have exponentially expanded across small to large markets (with the very notable exception of the NASL).

That includes the development of the men's national team. That includes the pay inequalities between the men and the women who represent the United States.

Gulati, who has served as head of the organization since 2006, declined to run for reelection after the US men's national team failed to qualify this year for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

"I'm not surprised because [the Athlete Council], under a lot of pressure, and I've seen athletes time and time and time again crack under pressure, crack under fear, start to behave in a way that is very much a group thinking mindset", Solo said on Saturday following the USSF presidential decision.

US Soccer is going to continue to favor MLS at the expense of growing a more diverse pool of professional teams. During his 12 years as president, the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup and the Olympics twice ('08 and '12), and the business side of US Soccer reached new heights, collecting a surplus of over $100 million (though the failure to quickly use that money for positive change was indeed a falter).

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