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Cindy Parlow Cone re-elected as U.S. Soccer Federation president

Lizzy Becherano
Cindy Parlow Cone defeats Carlos Cordeiro to stand as USSF president
Cindy Parlow Cone defeats Carlos Cordeiro to stand as USSF president / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Cindy Parlow Cone has been re-elected as U.S. Soccer Federation president after a challenge from predecessor Carlos Cordeiro.

Cone triumphed with 52.9% of the votes from the USSF's National Council. She will now serve a new, four-year term that is set to expire in 2026, just a couple of months before the U.S. co-hosts that year's World Cup with Canada and Mexico.

The race between Cone and Cordeiro marks the closest final ballot in U.S. Soccer history.

"The moment of division is now in the past. We are one Federation. We are one team. I promise to be the leader for all of U.S. soccer," Cone said following the vote.

"I have never been more excited and more hopeful about the future of our beautiful game. Our national teams are young, exciting and full of promise. Our professional leagues are at the vanguard of driving our sport for grassroots soccer as vibrant, healthy and changing lives every day. And we are assumed to host at least one World Cup and show the world what we have to offer.

"Now is the time for all of us to work together. No more divisions. We don't have time for all of that. Our moment is now and I promise you that each and every one of you have a friend and a partner as president of U.S. Soccer."

Cone previously served as president of the federation, taking over after Cordeiro resigned in 2020 following disparaging remarks about USWNT players, stating they "do not perform equal work requiring equal skill [and] effort" because "the overall soccer-playing ability required to compete at the senior men's national team level is materially influenced by the level of certain physical attributes such as speed and strength."

Cone was then left to navigate the USSF through Covid and managed to secure a settlement in the equal pay lawsuit under her watch. She also managed a new media rights deal with Turner Sports.

During the most recent campaign, Cone received endorsements from 32 players of the US women’s national team, with veteran players penning a letter in support.

Following the result, USWNT players' spokesperson Molly Levinson said: "Equal pay has gone from a whisper in the locker room to a roar on the field to fundamentally changing the business of sports and soccer in the United States and around the world. We look forward to Cindy's leadership."