United 2026 shuffle: Cordeiro one of three new co-chairmen, Gulati out as chairman

New U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro has been named the co-chairman of the United 2026 bid committee.

He joins Steven Reed and Decio de Maria, the presidents of the Canadian and Mexican soccer federations, as the new heads of the committee, replacing former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who served as chairman since the joint bid's launch last year.

Gulati will continue to serve on the bid committee board that includes representatives from the USA, Canada and Mexico.He had served as chairman of U.S. bid effort for the 2022 World Cup, which went to Qatar in 2010.

Cordeiro, the former U.S. Soccer vice president, was already a member of the United 2026 board. He also worked on the 2022 World Cup bid campaign.

The co-chairman leadership is intended to promote the unity of the bid. It comes amid reports that anti-USA feelings around the world related to Federal indictments in the soccer corruptions probes and President Donald Trump might be a drag on the bid.

“We are determined to show that in challenging times when forces around the globe too often pull people apart," the bid committee said in a statement on its Web site, "football can remind us of the common values and ideals — humanity, friendship and mutual respect — that unite us as fellow human beings."

1 comment about "United 2026 shuffle: Cordeiro one of three new co-chairmen, Gulati out as chairman".
  1. Mario Cesarone, March 7, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

    Yep, Trup is the problem.....oh, wait, Saint Clinton lost it last time.  Why o why do left vs right politics have to be dragged into our sport???????  Some of the world is always upset with the US, especially since we took on the mantle of policeman to clean up the incredible amount of graft and corruption (at least in our part of the world that could be reached) present in world football.  The part that could not be reached by the FBI wants thwe US out of football before they are indicted themselves, ergo Marocco is garnering lots of support.  DOES ANYONE THINK GIVING IT TO MAROCCO IS ANY DIFFERENT THAN QATAR?

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