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The behind-the-scenes drama of the U.S. Soccer election

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Julian Green on U.S. hype, fighting at Bayern, life at Greuther Furth

Julian Green speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the 2014 World Cup, what he must do to get back into the USMNT fold and much more.

FURTH, Germany -- On July 1, 2014, Julian Green had the world at his feet. Coming off the bench for the United States in the World Cup round of 16 against Belgium in extra time, the then-19-year-old scored moments later, cutting in from the left and firing past Thibaut Courtois to cut the deficit to 2-1. However, his goal wasn't enough to secure progress, and just under four years later, the USMNT are picking up the pieces after missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It hasn't gone much...

New USSF president Carlos Cordeiro must bring about positive change

ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar catches up with Carlos Cordeiro, who discusses his plans for American soccer after being elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
U.S. Soccer presidential candidates and MLS Commissioner Don Garber react to the election of Carlos Cordeiro as the federation's next president.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber discusses the decision to back Carlos Cordeiro for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency.
Though disappointed to lose out to Carlos Cordeiro, Kathy Carter explains why she's optimistic about the future of soccer in the United States.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Carlos Cordeiro's victory in the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election saw him convince voters he was an agent for change.

Now he has to prove it.

It's the single biggest priority for Cordeiro as he succeeds Sunil Gulati. On Tuesday he will be in New York for a meeting related to the bid to win the co-hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup, a quest that has immense long-term implications for growing the sport in this country. And he also must quickly fill the newly created...

Athlete Council key to Cordeiro's election as U.S. Soccer president

ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar and Jeff Carlisle break down just how effective Carlos Cordeiro was throughout the entire election process to become U.S. Soccer president.

ORLANDO -- When Carlos Cordeiro went to bed Friday night, he had no idea that his victory in the election for U.S. Soccer Federation president was, for all practical purposes, sewn up.

It was around midnight Friday when the Athlete Council, which had been meeting off and on for seven hours, finally adjourned. That council's vote, which came in a bloc and comprised 20 percent of the weighted total, had been highly sought-after throughout the election. In the endless spin cycle that goes on during...

Carter and Cordeiro frontrunners as Athletes Council support unknown

Sebastian Salazar and Jeff Carlisle dive into all the important details about the U.S. Soccer presidential election, including key voters and the likely winners.
ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar reports on the state of the U.S. Soccer election and discusses who among the candidates are the current favourites to win.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the hours tick down until Saturday's election for United States Soccer Federation president, the race is beginning to show a bit more clarity.

Kathy Carter and Carlos Cordeiro are the clear front-runners, with Carter in the lead heading into Saturday thanks to her built-in base from the Professional Council.

As for the much-reported alliance composed of the other six "change" candidates, the statement that was expected early Friday morning never arrived. Eric Wynalda said he...

Swiss Rolled: How Alan Rothenberg became U.S. Soccer President and changed soccer in America

Alan Rothenberg was a relative outsider, but upon winning the 1990 election to become U.S. president, he helped lead the sport forward.
Alan Rothenberg was a relative outsider, but upon winning the 1990 election to become U.S. president, he helped lead the sport forward.

This story is from the winter/spring 2018 issue of Howler, a quarterly magazine about soccer. Get 20 percent off a subscription with promo code HOWLER14 at shop.howlermagazine.com.

THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION stands at a crossroads of its own making. With a reported budget surplus of $130 million, its financial position has never been healthier. But after the American men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, fans, the media and voices within the federation itself began to call for...

Chaos continues in USSF election as 'Gang of Six' set to join forces

ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar reports on the state of the U.S. Soccer election and discusses who among the candidates are the current favourites to win.
The FC crew debate whether or not Jurgen Klinsmann would have led the U.S. to the World Cup after Geoff Cameron stated results would have been different had Klinsmann not been sacked.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride echoes similar sentiments to DeAndre Yedlin, who believes quality players are "slipping through the net" in the U.S. development system.
Kyle Martino sits down with Max Bretos to discuss his U.S. Soccer presidential bid and answer your questions.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The chaos surrounding the election for the next U.S. Soccer Federation president achieved a new level on Thursday evening, as six "change" candidates sought to combat the growing likelihood that an establishment candidate would prevail in Saturday's vote.

Throughout the day, sources contacted by ESPN FC spoke of how current USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro and on-leave Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter were on the verge of turning the contest into a two-candidate...