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Carter and Cordeiro frontrunners as Athletes Council support unknown

Carter and Cordeiro frontrunners as Athletes Council support unknown
From ESPN - February 10, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the hours tick down until Saturday's election for United States Soccer Federation president, the race is beginning to show a bit more clarity.

Kathy Carter and Carlos Cordeiro are the clear frontrunners, with Carter in the lead heading into Saturday thanks to her built-in base from the Professional Council.

As for the much-reported alliance composed of the other six "change" candidates, the statement that was expected early Friday morning never arrived. Eric Wynalda said he would show solidarity with Hope Solo and Paul Caligiuri, but beyond that, everyone else was on their own.

Sources also told ESPN that the Athletes Council informed the six candidates that forming such an alliance would not help it secure votes.

While a last-second agreement could be crafted, that seems unlikely, and it's not a surprise. Getting six people to agree on anything, much less during an election, is a challenge. And given the stipulation that the highest vote-getter among the six in the first round be given the votes of the trailing five in the second, that test proved unconquerable.

It's not a criticism of any of the "change" candidates, but more the stark reality of how difficult coalition-building is.

The deal made the least amount of sense for Kyle Martino, who seems to be gaining some ground. If other candidates are compelled to drop out, it seems unlikely they would throw their votes to one of Carter or Cordeiro, so they are likely to eventually gravitate to Martino anyway, despite the apparent friction between him and Wynalda.

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