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Megan Rapinoe slams Carlos Cordeiro for ‘caveman levels of misogyny’

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United States women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe blasted former U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro on Twitter on Wednesday after ESPN reported he was considering running for the position again. Cordeiro resigned from his post in March 2020 amid backlash from court filings in the USWNT’s equal pay case.

In response to the report, Rapinoe asked if Cordeiro had resigned under pressure or “resigned [because] he embarrassed everything and everyone with caveman levels of misogyny?” Cordeiro has since confirmed he is running for U.S. Soccer president in a statement on his campaign website Wednesday.

Elected president of USSF in 2018, Cordeiro resigned nearly two years later amid backlash following the federation’s response in an equal pay lawsuit filed by the USWNT. In one document, the Federation and its lawyers argued that the women’s national team players “do not perform equal work requiring equal skill [and] effort” as the men because “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.”

Both sponsors and players blasted the USSF’s stance at the time, pressuring Cordeiro to resign.

On Wednesday, Cordeiro explained his decision to run for re-election, saying that Federation members have approached him with their concerns “about the direction of U.S. Soccer.”

Cordeiro will be up against current USSF president and former USWNT player Cindy Parlow Cone, who announced her candidacy for re-election last August.