The United States Soccer Federation is ready to start its next chapter under the presidency of Carlos Cordeiro, who was elected Saturday to head an organization looking to regroup after the men’s national team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russia. Cordeiro, who won on the third ballot with more than 68 percent of the vote, has been the vice president to outgoing president Sunil Gulati the past two years. He is now charged with running the American end of a joint bid with Mexico and Canada for the right to host the 2026 World Cup. The vote initially featured eight candidates. Cordeiro pulled away from Kathy Carter, the on-leave president of Major League Soccer’s marketing arm. She had the backing of MLS Commissioner Don Garber and narrowly trailed Cordeiro on the first ballot. The other candidates were former men’s national team players Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino, and Eric Wynalda, lawyers Steve Gans and Michael Winograd, and former US women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo. Cordeiro immediately takes over for Gulati, who decided against seeking a fourth four-year term. Gulati will retain a role as a member of the USSF board and the FIFA executive council, and as chairman of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. All of the challengers to Cordeiro and Carter — both with close ties to Gulati — campaigned on platforms calling for change within the organization. All eight were given five minutes to address delegates before voting began. Cordeiro, however, said he was the only candidate with the experience and plan to ‘‘hit the ground running on day and deliver the change we need.’’ Carter’s support among delegates attending USSF’s annual general meeting slipped each round — from 34.6 percent to 33.3 on the second ballot, to 10.6 on the third, when the field had shrunk to five. Cordeiro’s percentage increased each round of the body’s first contested election in nearly two decades, rising from 36.3 to 41.8 on the second ballot. To win election, Cordeiro needed a majority of the weighted vote. Under US law, 20 percent of the vote is from the athletes’ council while the professional, adult, and youth councils each has 25.8 percent. The remaining 2.6 percent represents other constituents, such as board members, life members, and fan representatives. Caligiuri withdrew from the race after receiving less than 1 percent on the initial ballot. Winograd and Gans bowed out after the second ballot, leaving Wynalda (10.8), Martino (10.2), and Solo (1.5) in the race with Cordeiro and Carter. Martino drew 10.6 percent on the final ballot, while Wynalda and Solo received 8.9 and 1.4, respectively.
Revolution sign first-round draft picks
The New England Revolution signed first-round 2018 MLS SuperDraft selections Brandon Bye (eighth overall) and Mark Segbers (ninth overall). The midfielder/defenders have been with the team since the start of the 2018 preseason as unsigned trialists and saw action in the exhibition matches during the club’s 2018 preseason trip to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Bye had 22 goals and 19 assists in 67 games in four years at Western Michigan. Segbers was a four-year starter at Wisconsin, finishing with 16 goals and 22 assists in 77 games. As a senior, he helped lead the Badgers to the third round of the 2017 NCAA Division 1 tournament . . . Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon won his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to be allowed to work again in soccer. The court says it reduced the South Korean official's five-year sanction for "improper lobbying" during the 2022 World Cup bidding process, and not fully cooperating in a subsequent investigation of all candidates, to 15 months.
Venus gives United States lead at Fed Cup
In her 1,000th career singles match, Venus Williams got the United States off to a strong start in its Fed Cup title defense. The 37-year-old improved her career singles record to 776-224 by defeating Arantxa Rus, 6-1, 6-4, to give the defending champion Americans a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands on the US Cellular Center’s indoor hard court in Asheville, N.C. CoCo Vandeweghe then rallied from a set and a break down to give the US a 2-0 advantage with a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, win over Richel Hogenkamp. Williams broke the 124th-ranked Rus five straight times to overcome a shaky serve. The pair exchanged service breaks in the first five games of the second set, with Williams grabbing a 3-2 lead. Williams then saved a break point to pull ahead 4-2. They held serve the rest of the way as Williams improved her overall Fed Cup singles record to 20-2. Her sister, Serena Williams, is set to return Sunday after more than a year away from the game while becoming a mother. She and Lauren Davis will face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in doubles. Serena gave birth to her daughter Sept. 1 and hasn’t played competitive tennis since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant. In other World Group series, the Czech Republic has a 2-0 lead over Switzerland in Prague, while France and Belgium are tied, 1-1, in Mouilleron-le-Captif, France, and Belarus and Germany are knottewd in Minsk, Belarus . . . Richard Gasquet overcame a second-set meltdown to beat top-seeded David Goffin, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, and set up an all-French final against Lucas Pouille at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. The second-seeded Pouille was trailing, 1-6, 5-5, when No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suddenly retired. Tsonga said he fears he has a tear in his left hamstring.
Report: 76ers will sign Belinelli
According to multiple reports, league sources have said free agent guard Marco Belinelli will sign with the Philadelphia 76ers once he clears waivers. The veteran 3-point shooting threat was bought out by the Hawks on Friday . . . The Utah Jazz waived guard Derrick Rose, who was acquired from the Cavaliers in a three-team deal on Thursday. The former NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 16 games with Cleveland. According to reports, the Timberwolves and Wizards are interested in signing the 29-year-old . . . According to reports, veteran guard Joe Johnson will sign with the Houston Rockets once his buyout with the Kings is finalized. Sacramento acquired Johnson in a three-team trade on Thursday from Utah, where he averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds . . . The Pelicans waived guard Rashad Vaughn two days after acquiring him in a trade that sent forward Dante Cunningham to the Brooklyn Nets. New Orleans also waived guard Mike James . . . The Memphis Grizzlies waived veteran forward/center Brandan Wright, who averaged 5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 13.6 minutes in 27 games.
Capitals give Eller 5-year extension
Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said the team re-signed center Lars Eller to a five-year, $17.5 million deal that will count $3.5 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. The 28-year-old, who has 11 goals and 17 assists in 53 games, would have become a free agent on July 1. Washington traded two second-round picks to Montreal at the 2017 draft, for Eller. . . The Vegas Golden Knights put Malcolm Subban on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Coach Gerard Gallant said the backup goaltender was injured during the morning skate prior to a 5-3 win in San Jose on Thursday. There is no timetable for his return . . . Christian Coleman won the men’s 60-meter dash in 6.46 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Track Grand Prix at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center while fellow American Chris Carter won the men’s triple jump with a 54 foot, 8¼ inch effort. Donavan Brazier won the men’s 800 meters in 1:45.11. On the women’s side, American Sharika Nelvis captured the 60-meter hurdles in 7.881 seconds and Shakima Wimbley won the 400 meters in 51.82 seconds . . . The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Pro Bowl fullback Roosevelt Nix to a four-year contract. The 25-year-old played in all 16 games for the AFC North champions this season. Used primarily as a blocking back for All-Pro Le'Veon Bell, Nix scored the first two touchdowns of his career in 2017 . . . Flavien Prat rode 11-1 long shot Kanthaka seven furlongs in 1:22.62 to win the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by 3¼ lengths over Nero at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.