Carlos Cordeiro Elected US Soccer President

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

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