A file photo of Carlos Cordeiro. Photograph:( Twitter )
Indian immigrant Carlos Cordeiro has been elected president of the US Soccer Federation. Cordeiro beat out eight other candidates including two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner Hope Solo, leading corporate attorney Michael Winograd, other retired footballers including Kathy Carter, Kyle Martino, Eric Wynalda, Paul Caligiuri, and Kyle Martino, and Steve Gans, an attorney based out of Boston.
"It's an incredible honor to be elected @ussoccer President. I'm grateful to everyone who supported my campaign and I salute all the candidates who ran. I promise to work with all our members to unite our soccer family! #AimHigher," Cordeiro tweeted winning the election.
My open letter to our soccer community. We should be proud of our successes, but honest about where we need to do better. U.S. Soccer needs to change. Working together, we can transform soccer in America. #AimHigher https://t.co/JuYrxf11r8— Carlos Cordeiro (@CACSoccer) February 14, 2018
62-year-old Carlos Cordeiro was born in India to a Goan father and Colombian mother, did his schooling from Cathedral & John Connon School. In 1971 he moved to the US with his widowed mother and three siblings, when he was just 15.
Mumbai born Cordeiro replaced another Indian origin Sunil Gulati, having served as President since 2006, Mr Gulati had opted not to run for re-election, after the United States men's national soccer team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
It is expected of Carlos Cordeiro that he might bring a major reform in the US men's national soccer team as they are missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.