U.S. Soccer elected Carlos Cordeiro
as its vice president, unseating Mike Edwards
, at its Annual General Meeting Saturday in San Antonio. Cordeiro, who will serve a four-year term as
vice president, joined the federation as its first independent director and has been treasurer since 2008. He is a confidante of U.S. president Sunil Gulati
, traveling frequently on
Cordeiro beat out Edwards, the vice president since 2006, and Kevin Payne
, the former MLS executive who is now the chief executive officer of U.S. Soccer.
"I was overwhelmed by the support I received today from our membership," said Cordeiro. "Soccer is arguably enjoying its strongest period of success in recent memory, and I am honored to
have been granted the opportunity to be involved with the federation these past eight years. I look forward to taking on the challenge of serving as vice president and continuing to grow the game in
all its forms here in the U.S."
Cordeiro was a partner and managing director for investment firm Goldman Sachs, working extensively in Asia, before retiring in 2001. He joined U.S. Soccer
in 2007 as the first person to be appointed and ratified by the National Council for an independent director position of which there are now three. He was vice chairman of U.S. Soccer's World Cup Bid
Committee from 2008-10. Donna Shalala
, president of the Clinton Foundation, was reconfirmed as an Independent Director for a two-year term.