and youth programs, coaches, referees and current and former players. This information should not be strange to Carlos Cordeiro, an insider who has been a part of the United States Soccer Federation board since 2007. Although he was not the fan favorite to win the presidency, he is not unfamiliar with how things work at such position and should be able to transition smoothly and quickly into his new role as president. That being said, he needs to focus
6 Khayat on two major issues that are facing the U.S. currently. Those two issues include the 2026 joint bid with Mexico and Canada for the World Cup and hiring a new coach for the U.S. Men’s Soccer team. This is a priority in order to get fans on board with him; he needs to hire someone who has better experience with different types of players and their styles, and one who can actually adapt into using the younger players to build for future competitions. One area where the job could get nasty is the lawsuits that the federation has to deal with in light of the recent failures and discriminations that have occurred within itself. The most important one of them being the dispute of “wage discrimination filed by members of the women’s national team with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission looms in the background” (Draper). Nonetheless, Cordeiro seems to know what he is capable of doing and what is needed for the sport for the business and quality of play sides, respectively. From the perspective of an American soccer fan, who just until recently started to follow the sport, or a fan at all, might find the results of the election to be disheartening because of the fact that Cordeiro was an insider who worked under the previous president. Fortunately, it seems like he has a different way of achieving the best for the federation. That being said, winning all three ballots that were conducted on February 10 shows that that he has the support of the voters that contained professional, youth, and adult councils as well as the athlete council and small number of the board of directors and actual fans. In order for him to get elected, he needed 50% or higher of the votes and was leading throughout until he reached 62% after the third ballot (Draper). Unfortunately, the fan favorite, Eric Wynalda, did not do so well in the election, only getting about 14 percent of the vote for the presidency. Although he did not win, it seems like he still will take advantage of his career as an analyst to critique the next president while also giving him his own advice. Since Wynalda was the fan favorite, his promise seemed to be the most
7 Khayat intriguing one and the one that would make sense the most. If we were to compare the growth of soccer in our sport with other countries where it is the national sport, they put the sport ahead of all business because that is what makes it so entertaining and worthwhile. Building soccer through the youth academy and the professional leagues is what should happen and that can happen by adopting the principles and rules of the European leagues such as the Premier League and others. Instead of trying to make soccer into an American sport like football, the USSF
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