We start the soccer news with the US Soccer Federation's new president. Carlos Cordeiro won the election in the third round of voting. Cordeiro was previously the US Soccer vice-president and prior to that an independent member of their board of directors. Cordeiro ran as a candidate promising change, winning the support of the Athletes' Council and US Youth Soccer. Those voting blocks gave him a strong position from the beginning of voting, taking the lead in round one but not getting the necessary simple majority. Other blocks shifted to him in round three.
During the press conference following the election, US Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn joined Cordeiro. Flynn specified that the next steps for the USMNT is hiring a technical director for the program. US Soccer's board has already approved hiring separate technical directors for the men's and women's national teams. That hiring process is underway with no timeline for a decision. Once the technical director is in place, US Soccer will start the process to hire the next USMNT coach.
The LA Times' Kevin Baxter on the election of Carlos Cordeiro as the new US Soccer Federation president. The Washington Post's Steven Goff with Cordeiro stressing inclusiveness. ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle explains the role the Athletes' Council had in choosing the new USSF president. Pro Soccer USA's Alicia DelGallo talks to Athletes' Council member Jonathan Spector. SI.com's Grant Wahl on how Cordeiro put together enough votes to win the presidency. Soccer Wire's Charles Boehm on the election process. The NY Times' Kevin Draper hears a message in voters choosing Cordeiro, US Soccer's vice-president.
BBC Sport relays Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's impression of his team's offense in the loss to Newcastle United. UEFA.com has a pronunciation guide for player names in the Champions League round of 16. The League Paper's Glenn Moore discusses the lack of all-weather playing surfaces for English grassroots soccer.
It's been a hell of a ride. From my family to yours, thanks for the support along the way. We have moved back to Houston & started the next chapter of our lives. I am retired from playing professional soccer. pic.twitter.com/8ZqCR1jRhK— Bobby Boswell (@bobbyboswell) February 12, 2018
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