Megan Rapinoe blasts Carlos Cordeiro’s USSF campaign
Carlos Cordeiro wants his old job back. Cordeiro announced that he will be running for US soccer president less than two years after resigning over a misogynistic legal motion.
Cordeiro announced this on his website on Wednesday. He said he “thought and thought a lot” before deciding to run for his old position.
USWNT star Megan Rapinoe berated Cordeiro on Twitter after Tuesday’s report that he was planning to run again for “caveman misogyny.”
Cordeiro admitted he didn’t pay enough attention to USWNT’s attempt to get equal pay during his first term as US Soccer President. These mistakes led Cordeiro to ignore the misogynistic legal motion that led to his resignation.
Cordeiro claimed he would have objected to the court filing had he known the language used.
When these levels of oversight failed, it led to an inexcusable and offensive lawsuit that caused so much pain, especially for our incredible players. Had I seen that language I would have protested and never allowed it to be submitted in the written form. Given the gravity of what happened, words of apology clearly did not suffice. As president of our association, it was important to me to take on responsibility. I believe the resignation was in the best interests of US football at this point, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to Cindy Parlow Cone, who stepped up to serve at a challenging time.
Cordeiro said he will “listen more carefully” to the USWNT if he is elected US Soccer President for a second time.
Carlos Cordeiro promises equal pay if re-elected
Cordeiro’s platform includes four main talking points, one of which is “ensuring equal pay”. Cordeiro said he will make coming to terms with the USWNT a priority. He added that he will “urge FIFA to reduce, if not eliminate, the prize purse gap between future men’s and women’s World Cups and work with our men’s and women’s teams to equalize future prize purses.” Cordeiro feels a personal responsibility to resolve this issue given what led to his resignation.
A lawsuit in 2020 led to Cordeiro’s resignation. The filing argued that the USWNT had fewer “skills” than the men’s team because of their gender. A number of prominent former players, including Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly, called for Cordeiro’s retirement. He resigned a few days after filing.