MiamiHerald / The future of U.S. Soccer could end up in the hands of a Miami Beach High grad of Colombian-Portuguese-Indian heritage “and now a proud American,” who spent his teen years working in the produce department at Publix on Dade Boulevard to help his widowed mother of four pay rent on their one-bedroom apartment in Normandy Isle.

Carlos Cordeiro, 61, went on to earn a scholarship to Harvard, become an executive with Goldman Sachs, and is now one of eight candidates on the ballot to replace U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, who is stepping down after serving three terms since 2006.

The election is Feb. 10 in Orlando at the meeting of the U.S. Soccer National Council, which consists of more than 100 organizations representing state and national youth and adult leagues, pro leagues, and many individuals such as board members and athletes.

This is the first contested presidential race in two decades, and has gotten much more attention than others because of the failure of the men’s national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Also, because four players who have worn the U.S. national team jersey are on the ballot – Eric Wynalda, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo and Paul Caligiuri. The other candidates are attorneys Steve Gans and Michael Winograd, and Kathy Carter.

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