Ahead of the highly contested U.S. Soccer election on February 10, candidate Carlos Cordeiro discusses his travels to state associations around the country and lays out his plan to change the federation.
"I’ve been blessed with the American Dream...My getting involved in soccer is all about giving back and wanting to make sure our young people today can live their dreams, too.”
"I believe that growing the US Open Cup—and helping it to become a major event in the United States—is one of the best ways to help grow soccer in America, especially our affiliated amateur leagues. We need to attract more viewers, fans, players and teams. If elected President of U.S. Soccer, I will focus on three areas."
"If elected, I’ll make sure that fans have a real and meaningful role at the Federation... I’ll work closely with the Fan Council. Our budgets, bylaws and policies will be stronger when we include their perspective. In addition, as part of my commitment to Serve the Athlete, Serve the Fans and Serve all Members, I’ll create a new Membership Department at Soccer House to make sure we’re listening to and working with all members—including fans—to grow the game at all levels."
"If elected, I will make diversity and inclusion a priority across our Federation, including measuring our progress and holding ourselves accountable. Specifically, I will appoint a full-time, paid Director of Diversity & Inclusion to promote equality across all programs for all athletes at all levels, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background or disability."
"Youth soccer is the foundation and future of soccer in America... If elected President, I will listen to you and we will be aligned so that the Federation complements your programs instead of competing with them. I’ll ensure that you have a real voice in the Federation—a seat at the table—so that every decision that affects youth soccer is made with you."
"I believe that with some 250,000 dedicated players, Adult Soccer is perhaps our greatest opportunity for growing soccer so that new generations of Americans make soccer their game for life as well. With the right leadership—and open, inclusive, transparent governance—I’m confident we can succeed, together."
"I will work to give current and former athletes a greater role and voice in decision-making at all levels. After all, as a membership organization, we’re only as strong as our members and we’ll only go as far as we’re able to go together.
"U.S. Soccer needs to change. In the short term, we need a new technical department run by general managers for our men's and women's programs -- akin to athletic directors at universities, reporting to the CEO of U.S. Soccer -- responsible for recruiting, selecting and managing all national team coaches, curriculum and player development at all levels. This way, soccer operations would be managed by soccer experts that we can hold accountable."