THE RACE TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT –What is happening at the U.S. Soccer AGM?
Today is the first full day of the 2018 U.S. Soccer AGM. Before tonight’s festivities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is series of meetings ….
We are one day away from the election determining which of the 8 candidates will replace U.S. Soccer’s Sunil Gulati as the next president — and there is a movement to collaborate and prevent an “establishment” candidate from winning.
What does this really mean? Our sources in Orlando, Florida tell us that as the minutes tick by at the U.S. Soccer AGM, there has been an endless stream of meetings in an effort to sway the fractured voting blocks and with the landscape of voters (known as delegates) incapable of coming together, there is a new urgency.
While there is no finalized “Agreement” yet, there is clearly a serious effort to create a powerhouse block that can have a clear voice And, if the delegates cannot form a decisive block, perhaps some of the candidates can.
America hates to lose.
This frayed election searching for change is spurred by our loss to qualify for the World Cup. The election seems to be turning into a simmering revolution wanting to overthrow the existing establishment.
The latest are reports of private meetings in hotel suites to form a coalition to prevent Kathy Carter or Carlos Cordeiro — both viewed by many as representing the current administration — from becoming president.
Who are in these meetings? According to what we hear, Eric Wynalda has been talking, trying to develop solutions along with Hope Solo and others.
Is there a new effort to prevent the “establishment” from winning? Can candidates agree to “throw” their votes together behind whoever has the greatest chance of winning against the establishment?
Cordeiro as the VP and Carter as the former president of SUM are accused of wearing the cloak of the current administration. While both have clearly spoken out for change and have offered comprehensive plans for the future, the stain of the general malaise seems to stuck.
The other 6 candidates … Paul Caligiuri, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda are part of the “fresh face of the future” and are seen as voices for change.
The voting procedure for the next U.S. President is complex. Each council votes and the candidates’ tally of support is projected on the screen. If there is no clear winner, then another round of voting is held and if that fails to produce a winner, another round follows. It is these critical rounds that will be decisive and where the “joining of forces” could make a huge difference.
It’s all or none.
Will a big time candidate like Eric back another who is more likely to gain the votes needed to win? Will an “agreement” be finalized? Will all six candidates join together and sign?
The only good thing is this will all be over tomorrow.
updated at 10:15