After three election rounds on Saturday, Carlos Cordeiro is now the new president of U.S. Soccer. Cordeiro had a slim lead in each of the first two rounds over Kathy Carter, his main challenger. After a few of the other candidates dropped out, in the third round Cordeiro won easily to become U.S. Soccer’s new president. One key delegation he won was the Athlete Council, which gave him their full support, and 20 percent of the vote. Cordiero was the number two man behind Sunil Gulati, and he has a lot of experience with U.S. Soccer, which seemed to help him in the vote, but might not be a thing fans are too fond about given how the World Cup qualifying campaign went. So what does the election of Cordeiro mean for U.S. Soccer going forward? Well, it’s hard to say. In limited statements to the media Cordeiro has said all the right things, but a lot will be determined by two appointments still to come, that of the new position of U.S. Soccer GMs (proposed to be separate appointments for men’s and women’s teams), and of course the hire of the new manager of the USMNT.
Newcastle pulled off a surprising 1-0 win at home on Sunday, to help their hopes at avoiding relegation this season. Matt Ritchie scored the only goal, a nice finish in the box after a knockdown header by Jonjo Shelvey created the opportunity. Newcastle started off the better side, but were denied a further margin of victory by David De Gea. For Manchester United, this defeat practically ends any faint hopes of running down Manchester City for the title. This game also continued the weird dynamic between Paul Pogba and his manager Jose Mourinho. Despite being one of United’s best and most important players, Pogba was substituted after 66 mins with United down 1-0. Jose Mourinho confirmed the sub was not injury related, but wouldn’t really elaborate the reason for the sub nor give an assessment of Pogba in general. It’s not clear what’s happening between the two of them, but for United to do well in the Champions League knockout stages, as well as stay in the top four, getting the most out of Pogba will be critical.
Landon Donovan made his Liga MX debut for Club Leon at home against Puebla, in a game Leon won 2-1. Donovan came on in the 83rd minute, and made a few nice pass plays and interceptions, though no shots in his cameo. Donovan was a little rusty in his debut, but if can regain his form at this age, he should be right in the thick of a playoff hunt. Eight teams make the playoffs in Liga MX, right now Leon are in 6th, but only four points behind league leaders Pumas UNAM. It will certainly be an interesting race to keep an eye on.
19 year old Frenchman Yann Karamoah scored his first goal for Inter Milan on Sunday, and it was the game winner, Inter’s 2-1 win over Bologna ending their two-month winless period. Before this Karamoah had only played 58 minutes in four appearances for Inter, but today he was selected over the much more experienced Antonio Candreva, and man did it pay off for Inter Milan. This result might be key in Inter’s hopes to turn their season around, and capture a Champions League spot next season.
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