Cindy Parlow Cone wins re-election as U.S. Soccer vice president

Cindy Parlow Cone was re-elected to a full four-year term as U.S. Soccer vice president, defeating John Motta, the U.S. Adult Soccer Association chairman, in a vote of the National Council on Saturday at the Annual General Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Parlow Cone won with almost 74 percent of the weighted vote in her first contested election. She won election without opposition as vice president in 2019, filling the vacancy left when Carlos Cordeiro was elected U.S. Soccer president in 2018. At the time, she did not commit to seeking re-election.

Parlow Cone won one world championship and two Olympic gold medals during her national team career and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018. She is the first athlete with international experience to serve in an elected position since the late Werner Fricker, a midfielder for the USA when it attempted to qualify for the 1964 Olympics, was president, and she is the first woman to be elected vice president.

She has had many years of experience with the federation, serving on the Athlete Council in one form or another for almost a quarter century. Her close ties to the Athlete Council, who holds 20 percent of the vote, gives her considerable political clout. In the last year, she has served on U.S. Soccer's Youth Task Force.

"It has been an honor to serve as your vice president, and I look forward to continuing the work of growing the game, creating better environments for all and eliminating barriers to access over the next four years," Parlow Cone said in a statement. "I am excited to continue our work in the game from the grassroots to the international level and am passionate about building bridges that will serve the game, our players, coaches and referees as well as our members."

Motta, a Dunkin franchise owner, was elected USASA president in 2014, He had previously served two years (1998-2000) as U.S. Soccer vice president after defeating Sunil Gulati by a vote of 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.

He has been involved in soccer for more than three decades, beginning at the New Hampshire State Association.

10 comments about "Cindy Parlow Cone wins re-election as U.S. Soccer vice president".
  1. Bob Ashpole, February 16, 2020 at 7:51 a.m.

    Congrats, Cindy.

  2. Wallace Wade, February 16, 2020 at 8:39 a.m.

    What did she accomplish during her first term? Nada...

  3. frank schoon replied, February 16, 2020 at 10:20 a.m.


  4. Paul Berry replied, February 16, 2020 at 1:49 p.m.

    How do you know that? She's taking responsibility for growing youth soccer and breaking down barriers,  so we'll see. 

  5. frank schoon replied, February 17, 2020 at 6:35 a.m.

    Paul, can you be more specific, like what 'responsibilities'did she take on to grow youth soccer? If we were back in the early 70's trying to introduce soccer to the American in order for interest in soccer to grow, you would have a point, but ,today, what is it exactly she has done to grow the interest of the game. And what barriers are you talking about and please bea little specific for all you have stated are mere generalities...

  6. David Ruder, February 16, 2020 at 10:51 a.m.

    Traditional Soccer in America is taking another step backwards.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, February 16, 2020 at 2:20 p.m.

    What is traditional soccer?

  8. Robert Biondolillo, February 16, 2020 at 3:51 p.m.

    It should have been John Motta.  Alternative voices are squelched in USSF - still.

  9. Michael a Elfman, February 17, 2020 at 8:07 p.m.

    Wallace Wada and Frank Schoon,

    Ciney Parlow-Cone accomplished much and certainly didn't 
    use social media to express any ignorant remarks.

  10. frank schoon replied, February 18, 2020 at 6:24 a.m.

    Michael , apparently you know exactly what she has accomplished, then please inform me or rather us. I would really like to know. 

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