The former president of the United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer), Carlos Cordeiro, confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to run again for the position he resigned under pressure in March 2020, following a legal complaint that was widely condemned as misogynistic.
Cordeiro announced his decision through a website where he says members from across the federation approached him concerned about the drift of the US Soccer leadership and asked him to consider running for president.
“I am running for president of US Soccer because I believe the years to come will be the most important period in the history of our federation. We need to prepare to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the largest World Cup in history and one of the most complex world sporting events ever held. The eyes of the world will be upon us and we must be ready to shine. I think we should also bring a Women’s World Cup to America as soon as possible. “
Cordeiro, a business executive with more than 30 years of experience in international finance, succeeded Sunil Gulati as Federation president after being elected in February 2018 after three rounds of voting.
She resigned after a gender discrimination lawsuit
She resigned in March 2020 following a gender discrimination lawsuit that claimed that players on the men’s national team were treated much better at all levels than the women’s team.
On her campaign website, Cordeiro says stepping down as president was “deeply humiliating” and that she had put in place multiple levels of oversight to ensure that the litigation with the women’s team was conducted in accordance with the values of US Soccer.
He admits that he should have done things differently
“In hindsight, I realize that a matter of this importance deserved much more personal oversight on my part, so that the Federation’s legal strategy and submissions would demonstrate to our players the respect and dignity they deserve,” she writes. Cordeiro.
“When that failed, it caused pain for our amazing players. If I had seen that language then, I would have withdrawn and never allowed it to be presented as written.”
Rapinoe, upset with the possible return of the businessman
And Carlos Cordeiro’s announcement of his return to competition for the presidency of US Soccer has already provoked the first reaction. Neither more nor less than that of the world champion Megan rapinoe, which in a tweet describes the financier as “misogynistic.” “… Did he quit under pressure or did he quit because he embarrassed everyone with levels of caveman misogyny?”