After news broke that former US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro would be running for re-election, a female soccer superstar had some harsh words.
National team midfielder Megan Rapinoe reacted to news of Cordeiro’s possible return to his previous role by sharing an ESPN article on Tuesday. He criticized one line in particular that said the former president resigned “under pressure” following a misogyny.
“…after resigning under pressure” or resigned [because] He embarrassed everything and everyone with the level of caveats in the wrong way?” Rapinoe tweeted.
Cordeiro led the federation from 2018 to 2020 and resigned following a filing by the group’s lawyers making false comments about the US women’s soccer team. These comments included comments on how women’s players were less capable and responsible than men’s players, despite the women’s team winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
“I applied several layers of oversight to ensure that litigation with the women’s national team was conducted in keeping with the values of our federation,” Cordeiro said in a statement on Wednesday. “When those layers of oversight failed, it resulted in unforgivable and aggressive legal filings, which caused a lot of pain, especially for our unreliable female players. If I had seen that language, I would have objected and written it down.” Given the gravity of what happened, words of apology were clearly not enough. As the president of our federation, I felt it was important to take responsibility.”
Cordeiro launched a campaign website and said, “I would make it a top priority to reach a settlement with the players of our women’s national team … who deserve equal pay.” He said that as president he would “raise funds for one-time payments to help reduce the discrepancy between US Soccer’s previous FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cup prize money.”
“One of the things I’ve resolved to do better is to listen more closely to the vision and aspirations of our women’s national team players and be a better partner in their work for equality,” Cordeiro said.
Cordeiro was succeeded by Cindy Parlow Coen, vice president of the USSF and a former national team player. She was elected to a one-year term last January and is seeking a four-year term if voted on at the federation’s annual general meeting from March 3-6 in Atlanta.
Under the leadership of Parlo Coen, Will Wilson was appointed as chief executive officer and the Federation switched law firms in litigation.
The players sued the federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid equitably under a collective bargaining agreement lasting until December 2021, which is what the men’s team would have received under the agreement that expired in December 2018. Is. US District Judge R. Gary Klausner. The USSF settled part of the lawsuit by a brief judgment on the wage claim and the parties alleging discriminatory working conditions.
The players have appealed against the pay decision, and oral arguments are scheduled for March 7 before the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.