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U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigns

U.S. Women's National Team World Cup Champions Ticker Tape Parade

MANHATTAN, NY - JULY 10: Carlos Cordeiro, United States Soccer Federation President gives a speech on the steps of City Hall after the ticker tape parade down Broadway and through the through the Canyon of Heroes,. This celebration was put on by the City of Manhattan to honor the team winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup Championship title, their fourth, played in France against Netherlands, at the City Hall Ceremony in the Manhattan borough of New York on July 10, 2019, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Carlos Cordeiro has resigned as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, effective immediately, after coming under heavy scrutiny from other member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and — perhaps most importantly — sponsors in response to the federation’s legal stance in its ongoing pay dispute with the U.S. women’s national team.

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“In legal papers submitted to federal court in Los Angeles as part of the USSF’s defense of a gender discrimination suit by players on the women’s team, the USSF asserted the women have lesser physical abilities and responsibilities than their male counterparts.”

Cordeiro, who was elected to succeed longtime USSF president Sunil Gulati only two years ago, released the following statement regarding his resignation.

Cindy Cone, who previously served under Cordeiro as vice president, will take over as interim president, effective immediately.

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