“Carlos Cordeiro, who has been U.S. Soccer President since 2018, resigns from office following a lawsuit for gender equality by the Women’s National Soccer team led by Captain Meghan Rapinoe.””Cordeiro takes full responsibility and apologies for the language used in his legal documents saying the Women’s National Soccer team deserved better.”
Why did he resign?
U.S. soccer federation president Carlos Cordeiro resigns from his position following a gender equality lawsuit against him by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. This happened a few days after the organisation gave its response on the matter. Carlos Cordeiro has been U.S. Soccer President for the past 13 years. He announced that he would be stepping down from office in a news release on Thursday.
In his statement, he said, “My only mission has always been to do what is best for our Federation, and it has become clear to me that what is best right now is a new direction,” Cordeiro’s statement said. “The arguments and language contained in this week’s legal filing caused great offense and pain, especially to our extraordinary Women’s National Team players who deserve better.”
Carlos Cordeiro also added, “As U.S. Soccer moves ahead with its defense against the lawsuit by the team, I hope that our remarkable women’s players are always treated with the dignity, respect, and admiration that they truly deserve,”
He apologized for the language “unacceptable and inexcusable” that was used in the legal document, and he says he regrets not thoroughly reviewing the filing before it was released and that the Women’s National Soccer Team deserved better. He acknowledged that his statement, “did not reflect the values of our Federation or our tremendous admiration of our Women’s National Team.”
According to the legal document submitted, the Male National Soccer Team “requires a higher level of skill” and have “more responsibility” than the Female National Soccer Team.
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team responded to the filing by wearing their warm-up jersey inside out such that it hides the U.S. Soccer logo. This charge was led by U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player Meghan Rapinoe who stormed the federation with her inspirational speech to urge women everywhere.
Following their remarkable three goals to 1 victory against Japan in the SheBelieves Cup, Meghan stated that the court filing was a pure representation of, “some of the undercurrent feelings that they’ve had for a long time.”
“But to see that as the argument, as blatant misogyny and sexism as the argument against us, is disappointing,” she said.
Women National Soccer team Captain Rapinoe said, “I just want to say, it’s all false, “To every girl out there, to every boy, who watches this team, who wants to be on this team or just wants to live their dream out, you are not lesser just because you’re a girl. You are not better just because you’re a boy.”
In the lawsuit, the Women’s National Soccer Team claimed it was paid less “for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the (men’s national team).”
The Women’s national soccer team managed to secure the world champions trophy four times which includes, eight confederations of Central American, Caribbean, and North Association Football Gold cups, as well as 4 Olympics gold medals. In contrast, the Men’s team has no significant international trophy to their name.
The Attorneys for the U.S. Soccer team argued in the court filing that acknowledging the fact that there were different level of strength and speed for the two tasks was not at all any form of “Sexist Stereotype” but is instead an “undisputed science” that makes have a more exceptional physical ability than women, according to the filing. The women’s soccer team is suing for more than $66 million for damages, and the first hearing is scheduled for March 30th. The court hearing will begin on May 5th.
Who replaces him?
Carlos Cordeiro, who has been President of the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2018, will be replaced by USSF vice President Cindy Parlow Cone, who also publicly expressed how angry and frustrated she was and promises to make sure things are better from now onwards.
She later took to Twitter to say she was saddened and hurt by the U.S. Soccer Federation brief that was filed. “I disavow the troubling statements and will continue to work to forge a better path forward,” she said.