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The two establishment candidates Carlos Cordeiro and Kathy Carter have not just been part of the system, they have created and shaped USA soccer into what it is today.

He won on the third ballot, receiving 68.6 percent of the vote and easily eclipsing the 50 percent threshold.

Cordeiro, who first joined the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2007 as its independent director, replaces Sunil Gulati. Other candidates included former U.S. internationals Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda, as well as women's global goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The election took place during the federation's national council meeting, which capped the three-day annual general meeting at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. But particularly among the six "outsiders", while I agreed with some candidates more than others, they all brought their heart and soul under unlikely circumstances into trying to be president.

And while since then he has been heavily involved in the sport with U.S. Soccer, that amount of time for somebody who is 61 may be viewed by many as a lack of experience within the sport, potentially impacting his understanding of what true, vital changes may be needed.

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Cordeiro, the US Soccer vice-president, received 36.3 per cent in the first round to head the field, with Carter a close second on 34.6.

Caligiuri withdrew after receiving less than 1 percent on the first ballot.

In round 2, Cordeiro's lead grew to 41.8 percent.

Had the team gotten a draw at Trinidad and Tobago, had Panama not gotten its late goal against Costa Rica, and had the USA qualified, this election, if Gulati still chose to leave, would have been a much quieter one.

His ultimate goal is to help soccer realize its vast potential in the United States he said. We knew they were going to be the top two candidates. As much as Cordeiro tried (and succeeded) in convincing voters he wasn't an establishment candidate, is an establishment candidate.

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Carter also was considered an establishment candidate due to her ties to SUM and MLS. He won the first contested U.S. Soccer presidential election since 1998, emerging victorious from an eight-candidate field that also featured Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda.

"That's one thing I'm incredibly proud of", he added, "the way and the process that we have gone about this from conference calls". Wynalda, who has financial backing from leaders of the former second-division North American Soccer League, is running on a platform of more extreme changes to the current structure, while Martino seems more measured in his approach and wanting to build things stronger from the ground up.

"Carlos Cordeiro is not Sunil Gulati", Holden said on Saturday.

"That was perhaps to my advantage, but I tried to focus on the issues, and the issues that I thought we're important to [voters]", he said.

He's a Miami High graduate who immigrated from India with his Colombian and Portuguese parents. Gulati, the outgoing president, faces a lawsuit, as do Garber and 13 board members. They clamored for it over four tumultuous, unprecedented months.

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"This has been a very informative campaign", Cordeiro told Pro Soccer USA. "Carlos Cordeiro wants to lead with governance, he wants to lead by building a consensus and I think he wants to empower soccer people". "And I think the membership has been engaged ... and I believe they'll make the right decision on Saturday with full knowledge of what the facts are".

Cordeiro got in the way though, lobbying numerous same constituents Gulati probably thought he would be able to count on, cutting into Carter's base and setting himself up for a victory.

"Today the status quo is unacceptable", Cordeiro said.

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