The new US Soccer president facilitated wreaking the 2026 World Cup to North America, but problems from a new coach-and-four to infighting need to be addressed
When Carlos Cordeiro was elected US Soccer Federation( USSF) president, his mandate was to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and to transform the federation’s governance.
But his critics fretted that he would merely accomplish incremental reform , not the sweeping reforms they think are needed. For others he was an enigma, little-known beyond the USSF representatives “whos been” elected him vice-president two years prior.
Six months into his reign, Cordeiro has done nothing to change anyone’s mind and, as the recent flap over declining youth participation rates establishes, the US soccer community is still crying out for change.
” Carlos has had a huge early victory by securing the 2026 World cup finals for the US and our neighbors, but to steal a football cliche, you just wonder if he’s scored too early ,” says Kyle Martino, an NBC commentator and former national team player, who extended against Cordeiro for the council of ministers.” Coming off that high-pitched, the reality of the compounding youth soccer difficulties will definitely be sobering. There is no issue of consequence facing our soccer society more alarming than the fight fiefdoms born out of the impressive grocery embarrassment countenanced, or even orchestrated, by USSF .”
In hindsight, it’s hard to imagine Cordeiro’s firstly six months running any differently. The first priority was the World cup finals dictation, which frets organizers enough that Cordeiro and others wasted a couple of months globe-trotting for face-to-face satisfies with as numerous voters as possible.
” For obvious reasonableness, that’s where Carlos’ focus has been ,” says the US Club Soccer CEO, Kevin Payne.
His globetrotting, though, has given him a lower profile in the USA, especially in comparison with his garrulous and sometimes pugnacious predecessor, Sunil Gulati. He also rarely spoke in public or with the media in his expedition, and he’s still a human of few texts- he afforded a couple of statements to the Guardian via email through a USSF spokesman for this story.
Cordeiro has actually plowed through several parts of his campaign platform beyond the World cup finals offer. Under Cordeiro’s leader, USSF hired Earnie Stewart as the men’s national squad first-ever general manager, organized multiple brand-new committees on the Board of Directors, and re-organized some of the federation’s personnel duties.
The alters on the Board of Directors immediately fulfilled some expedition promises. He pledged to create a technical committee, chaired by an athlete on the board.( It’ll actually have co-chairs, former national team players Carlos Bocanegra and Angela Hucles .) He also pledged a commercial-grade committee, is chairman of an independent director- in reality, this committee has no listed chair, but it does include independent director Val Ackerman. That radical shall be established a check and offset on the relationship between US Soccer and Major League Soccer affiliate Soccer United Marketing, a relationship seen by numerous reformers as too cozy and strife.
” I know card committees don’t sound exciting, but, believes me, we’re changing the method we move our confederation ,” Cordeiro said earlier this year.” We’ve restructured our senior management to align with the board and improve accountability .”
Perhaps such change is incremental, as his pundits feared. But perhaps the heated US Soccer election relented an overstated impres of what a chairman can do.
” He and its personnel shut the 2026 dictation, so that is something ,” says Lesle Gallimore, the longtime University of Washington women’s soccer coach and current president of United Soccer Coaches.” It may have very well have happened under Gulati, but it is still an accomplishment and he had a part in it.As far as any further reaching impact he’s had since he’s been in office, I think it’s too soon to tell .”
Cordeiro’s other attainments thus far are difficult to quantify. Take the men’s GM job. Stewart wasn’t a contentious hire. He grown up in the Netherlands and scored important goals for the USMNT, then went into management. The difficulty isn’t him; it’s the job.
“[ Hiring Stewart] was a step in a good tack ,” Payne says.” The question I still have is what is he the managing director of? Originally, they were describing the job moderately narrowly- management of the national squads. I’m hoping your duties will go beyond that and that he’ll be responsible for helping to manage and create a coherent policy for everything on the technological busines .”
Other hiring has stopped. The timetable for engage a women’s general manager isn’t known, though the team plays World Cup qualifiers in October. Longtime youth national crew coach Tab Ramos fussed recently that various US youth crews have unfilled coaching locations. And there’s still no permanent men’s national crew manager, even with several potential candidates becoming available at the end of the World Cup.