This past weekend at the 2019 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, former United States Women’s National Team midfielder Cindy Parlow Cone was elected U.S. Soccer vice president.
Per US Soccer, Cone “was the sole candidate to complete the nomination process in order to run for the office of the Vice President.” She will serve as VP for one year, completing the term that was vacated by Carlos Cordeiro when he was elected as president in 2018. There will be an election for a full, four-year VP term in 2020.
According to USSF, members of the National Council vote in the election. National Council members come from state and national associations, pro leagues, the athletes council, the bouard of directors, past presidents of the federation, life members, and other delegates. There’ s more detail on the bylaws around voting procedure at this link.
The 40-year-old Cone is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, who played for the Atlanta Beat in the Women’s United Soccer Association from 2001-2003. She earned 158 caps with the USWNT and scored 75 goals during her international career (1995-2006). She won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.
In her post-playing career, Cone worked as a UNC assistant coach from 2007-2012 and led Portland Thorns FC to the 2013 NWSL Championship in her lone season as an NWSL head coach.
According to US Soccer’s election announcement, Cone has also “served on US Soccer’s Referee Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, Appeals Committee and the Athletes’ Council as well as more recently with US Soccer’s Youth Task Force.” She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018.