USSF presidential election explained: How it works, the candidates’ platforms and the role of public opinion

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 06: Chicago, IL - Friday December 06, 2019: U.S. Soccer Board of Directors Meeting at The Blackstone in Chicago, IL. at The Blackstone on December 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
By Meg Linehan Feb 9, 2022 39
Campaign season is back in the U.S. Soccer world, with current federation president Cindy Parlow Cone facing an election challenge from the same man she succeeded two years ago — Carlos Cordeiro. 

Nine USWNT players — Christen Press, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn — may have helped cast the importance of this election into sharper focus with an open letter addressed to both Parlow Cone and Cordeiro on Wednesday afternoon, following yet another report with multiple allegations of misconduct from former players against a former NWSL head coach. This time, though, the focus is on former Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames’ tenure in the youth game.

“In both of your campaign platforms to be re-elected as Presidents of USSF, you discussed the need to look forward, not back,” the nine players wrote in their open letter. “But without true accountability for the past, there is no promising future. For years, you allowed coaches and owners to rampantly abuse players. This unchecked and unpunished power endangered the safety, well-being, and careers of far too many women and girls. We suffered so that you could protect your bottom line.”

Neither candidate has a detailed item on their platform regarding the federation’s pending investigation into the NWSL, or their plans to ensure the safety of players at any level.