Hall of Famer Cindy Parlow Cone declares candidacy for U.S. Soccer vice president

Cindy Parlow Cone, who was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in October, announced her candidacy for the position of U.S. Soccer vice president that has been vacant since Carlos Cordeiro  was elected president in February.

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Cone, 40, secured the necessary three letters of support, gaining the unanimous backing of the Athlete Council, which controls 20 percent of the vote. One letter of support came from U.S. Club Soccer. No other candidate has yet come forward with three letters of support. The deadline for receiving letters of support was Tuesday.

The election is slated to take place at the National Council meeting scheduled for Feb. 16 in Phoenix. The term is only for one year, to complete Cordeiro's four-year term.

Cone has been active in U.S. Soccer affairs for two decades and was recently re-elected as a non-voting adviser to the Athlete Council. She currently serves as the deputy chair of the federation's Referee Committee.

She said in a statement she wants to "positively impact the growth and advancement of our game across all demographics, at all levels and across all USSF programs." In its letter nomination letter, U.S. Club Soccer proposed that Cone join the U.S. Soccer Youth Task Force Leadership Group and served as its chairperson.

If elected, Cone will serve on the 15-person board of directors whose major task over the next year is finding a replacement for retiring CEO Dan Flynn.

Playing career. Cone started all six games at the 1999 Women's World Cup and finished with 158 caps and 75 goals, fifth all-time for the USA. She left Germantown (Tenn.) High School at the age of 16 and enrolled at North Carolina, where it had a 102-3-1 record in her four years. She won a pair of national championships and twice captured the Hermann Trophy. A year after joining the Tar Heels, she debuted with the U.S. women's national team. She also won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004 and a silver medal in 2000.

Coaching career. Cone coached the Portland Thorns to their first NWSL title in 2013 but resigned after the season. She is now North Carolina FC’s Durham-Chapel Hill girls director, overseeing coach and player development and college placement.

Cone recently appeared at the 2019 Women's World Cup draw at the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, where she took part in the ceremonies to select the six four-team groups for next summer's competition in France.

9 comments about "Hall of Famer Cindy Parlow Cone declares candidacy for U.S. Soccer vice president".
  1. frank schoon, December 19, 2018 at 6:24 a.m.

    I’m sorry, but after the last sorry  presidential election of Cordeiro, this is a major snooze to go along with sorry state of USSF affairs. I’m just waiting with baited breath for this “biggie” to happen. Yup , I can already see the major changes coming with this new VP.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, December 21, 2018 at 10:13 p.m.

    She is unopposed, Frank.

  3. Wallace Wade, December 19, 2018 at 7:56 a.m.

    Don’t call it “an election “. It’s not. It’s a closed society driven by money, favors and nepotism. The grassroots people that worked so hard to start things in the early 60’s, must be rolling in their graves. The sport has been hijacked. 

  4. frank schoon replied, December 19, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.

    Wallace , I couldn’t agree with you more...

  5. Michael Saunders replied, December 19, 2018 at 4:50 p.m.

    Wallace:  As the son of one of those folks you mentioned that kept this game alive during the "doldrum" period of USA soccer, as well as his seeking acceptance / growth of the game (HOFer Harry Saunders),  I fully understand your expression of chagrin.   At the same time, we need to ensure that the person chosen has the understanding of the soccer machinary, the competence and business acumen to operate through the byzantine structure called the the USSF and the name recognition to provide legitimacy to the position.   Cindy Parlow Cone I submit has those attributes.   Her attaining this role will send a clear message to the soccer and sporting communities at large that women can make a difference. 

  6. Richard Broad, December 19, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    I covered Cindy Parlow's career when she played at UNC. She always struck me as a "class act". Let's hope this will translate into a breath of much-needed fresh air, if she's elected.

  7. Harry Hutcheson, December 19, 2018 at 10:46 a.m.

    The problem is that there are too many entities that believe they are the answer.

  8. cony konstin, December 19, 2018 at 12:53 p.m.

    She is a class act. Wish her the best. 

  9. Bob Ashpole, December 19, 2018 at 5:06 p.m.

    It isn't just that she was a great player, but she belongs (no past tense here) to a group of women that made the pursuit of excellence a daily way of life, not just on the field.  

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