US Soccer president Cordeiro resigns over 'offensive' language in court papers

Language used by US Soccer in equal pay law suit is ‘unacceptable’ – Rapinoe

US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro has resigned after taking responsibility for “offensive” language used in court papers submitted in an equal pay case.

The papers said the US women’s team were “less skilled” and “had fewer responsibilities than their male colleagues”.

It prompted player protests during the USA’s SheBelieves Cup win over Japan.

“My one and only mission has always been to do what is best for our Federation,” said Cordeiro.

“The arguments and language contained in this week’s legal filing caused great offence and pain, especially to our extraordinary women’s national team players who deserve better.

“It has been an incredible privilege to serve as the president of US Soccer.”

Cordeiro, who was appointed in February 2018, says he “did not have the opportunity” to review the filing “in its entirety” before it was submitted and “takes responsibility” for not doing so.

“I would have objected to the language that did not reflect my personal admiration for our women’s players or our values as an organisation,” he added in a statement.