Cindy Parlow Cone: “I’m all in to continue to pour my heart and soul into us faster for the next number of years.”

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Cindy Parlow Cone on Tuesday made her pitch on why she should be re-elected as U.S. Soccer president.

Cone is running against her predecessor, Carlos Cordeiro in the election, which will be held in at the organization’s Annual General Meeting in Atlanta on March 5.

“I truly feel that I’m the right person to continue to lead us soccer at this time,” she said during a Tuesday afternoon Zoom call with the media that concerned the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks with both national teams. “I think we need to continue to look forward, not backward. We have a lot of stability and momentum moving right now. I’m all in fully. I’m all in to continue to pour my heart and soul into us faster for the next number of years.”

Both candidates are vying for a four-year term.

“Obviously, we have faced some tremendous challenges and I think I’ve led the organization with integrity and honesty,” Cone added. “II took on this role and I’m running for election because of my love of the game and my belief in the future of the game and my belief in U.S. Soccer.”

When asked what she thought of Cordeiro deciding to run, Cone wouldn’t talk about her rival.

Elected president in 2018, Cordeiro resigned amid controversy in March 2020 after a backlash to federation court filings relating to the equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s national team. Current and former players on the men’s and women’s national teams called the U.S. Soccer Federation’s filings sexist.

Cone, then vice president, replaced Cordeiro.

“I am not going to talk about Carlos’ candidacy,” she said. “I think I am the right person to lead the organization.”

She then listed her accomplishments, which included “having our organization through a pandemic, hiring a new senior team, overseeing the largest sponsorship deal and soccer history, I could go on and on. Together with our staff and our board, we’ve made a lot of accomplishments in a very challenging time. I’m hoping that the membership will see what we’ve done. Has it been perfect? It hasn’t been perfect. No, of course not. There’s still a lot of work to do. We have a lot more that we want to accomplish. I would like to have a presidency that’s not constantly battling COVID.”