Cindy Parlow Cone: “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 us soccer.”
By Michael Lewis
Incumbent Cindy Parlow Cone was re-elected as president of U.S. Soccer at the organization’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday.
Cone received 785.12 votes out of a weighted vote of 1,500, while her opponent, former U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro got 698.26. The vote came from the amateur, youth and professional ranks, the Athlete’s Council and the board of directors and life members.
The former U.S. women’s international received 52.9 percent of the votes.
Ninety-eight percent of the votes were cast (1,483 of 1,500).
As vice president in 2020, Cone replaced Cordeiro after he resigned.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for this amazing show of support,” Cone said on Zoom from Atlanta.
Most of the organization members did not attend the AGM in Atlanta and voted electronically.
“Let me start by thanking my husband John and my son, Steve, your love and support have made all of this possible,” Cone said. “To all of you who supported me and all of you who supported my opponent, I say the same thing: 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 us soccer. I have never been more excited and more hopeful about the future of … our national teams, young, exciting and full of promise.
“Our professional leagues are at the vanguard of driving our sport forward. The grassroots soccer is 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 in me as president of US Soccer. Thank you again.”