That cleared the road for Cordeiro, who easily won the third ballot with 69 percent of the vote. Clearly emotional at his victory, he thanked the other candidates “for a spirited campaign” and made a pitch for postelection unity.
“To those who didn’t support me, I’m going to work to earn your support and your trust over the next four years,” he said.
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The vote took place at U.S. Soccer’s annual general meeting, which is normally a staid affair with little-to-no interest outside the state associations, youth and adult soccer programs and former players who make up the electorate. Most years, there isn’t any reason for outsiders to attend; Gulati had no opposition when he won his most recent re-elections.
But the World Cup elimination, the large field of candidates and the angry tone of the race drew quite a