Carlos Cordeiro resigned as president of U.S. Soccer Federation on Thursday, one day after apologizing for controversial language used by the organization in a court filing in the ongoing imbroglio with the women's national team over equal pay.
Cordeiro said in a statement he is stepping down effective immediately after conversations with the USSF Board of Directors.
"My one and only mission has always been to do what is best for our Federation, and it has become clear to me that what is best right now is a new direction," Cordeiro said in a statement.
Cordeiro will be replaced by Cindy Parlow Cone, USSF vice president and member of the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. women's national team. She becomes the first woman president in the history of the federation.
U.S. Soccer asserted in a court filing Monday that playing for the men's national team is tougher than playing for the USWNT, saying, in part:
"The overall soccer-playing ability required to compete at the senior men's national team level is materially influenced by the level of certain physical attributes ... such as speed and strength, required for the job."
Cordeiro apologized Wednesday but the damage was done.
"The arguments and language contained in this week's filing caused great offense and pain, especially to our extraordinary Women's National Team players who deserve better. It was unacceptable and inexcusable," Cordeiro said in Thursday night's statement.
Cordeiro wrote he "did not have the opportunity to fully review the filing before it was submitted, and I take full responsibility for not doing so." Cordeiro wrote he would have objected to the language.
Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the members of the USWNT, issued a statement in response to Cordeiro's resignation: "While it is gratifying that there has been such a deafening outcry against USSF's blatant misogyny, the sexist culture and policies overseen by Carlos Cordeiro have been approved for years by the board of directors of USSF. This institution must change and support and pay women players equally."
The USWNT is in the midst of a lawsuit, seeking more than $66 million in back pay, claiming USSF is in violation of the Equal Pay Act.
The trial is set to commence May 5 in Los Angeles.
--Field Level Media