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Carlos Cordeiro elected as US Soccer Federation President

Carlos Cordeiro elected as US Soccer Federation President

Carlos Cordeiro insists he's the right choice to lead the U.S. Soccer Federation, which must chart a new course after its men's national team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

The field is rounded out by another ex-USMNT player - Paul Caligiuri - as well as lawyers Steve Gans and Eric Winograd. He'll succeed Sunil Gulati, who was U.S. Soccer's president since 2006.

Caligiuri withdrew from the process after the round after polling just 0.5 per cent.

But as the results of the second ballot were announced, it was clear that the two polarizing candidates - Carter and Wynalda - had, as many suspected would happen, had hit their ceilings.

Cordeiro won easily on the third ballot with 69 percent of the vote, conducted in a conference room at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld.

"To those of you who didn't vote for me, I'm going to work to earn your trust and your support over the next four years". Clearly emotional at his victory, he thanked the other candidates "for a spirited campaign" and made a pitch for postelection unity.

"Thank you to those of you who have supported me today", Cordeiro said from the podium. I'd like to thank Sunil and our board for their tireless service. "And not until we stop fighting with each other and start fighting together are we going to be a soccer nation and are we going to be able to achieve and realize our potential".

Cordeiro, who became vice president in 2016, was also accused of being too close to the current regime, although he stressed his initial role as an independent advisor which started 10 years ago meant he was very much his own man.

He has been credited with working to reform governance with a focus on greater transparency and accountability. "U.S. Soccer needs to change, transformational change".

United States fans who were so dejected after the national team embarrassingly failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup have urged change for months.

Gulati was blamed in some circles within the sport in the country for America being unable to secure a spot at the 2018 tournament, the first not to feature the nation since 1986.

The victor will assume Gulati's seat with immediate effect, while the outgoing president will remain in his role on the FIFA Council while also spearheading the USA's joint effort with Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

Cordeiro immediately takes over for Gulati, who decided against seeking a fourth four-year term after the USA was unable to make the 32-team World Cup field in Russian Federation.

They could choose to leave the position vacate until their AGM in 2019 or convene a special meeting to hold an election.