Carlos Cordeiro has been elected president of the United States Soccer Federation.
Cordeiro, 61, who led the voting on all three ballots, succeeds Sunil Gulati, who had held the presidency since 2006.
Cordeiro, a well-connected vice president of the federation, has been a board member of the organization since 2007, serving on a variety of committees. A former Goldman Sachs banker, he is a longtime associate of Gulati’s, though he took pains during the campaign to emphasize the areas on which they disagreed.
“I think we are at an inflection point in soccer history in this country,” Cordeiro said after his victory. “I think we have an opportunity to really transform it into a No. 1 sport. I think the demographics favor that.”
Cordeiro received 36 percent of the vote in the first round, followed closely by Kathy Carter, who runs the marketing arm of Major League Soccer, at 35 percent. Then came Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino, who both played professionally and are now broadcast analysts, with 14 and 9 percent, respectively.