Megan Rapinoe Calls Carlos Cordeiro a 'Caveman' Amid Reports He May Return to U.S. Soccer

After news surfaced that former U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro will run for reelection, one women's soccer superstar had some harsh words.

National team midfielder Megan Rapinoe reacted to news of Cordeiro's potential return to his previous role on Tuesday by sharing an article by ESPN. She criticized one line in particular that said that the former president resigned "under pressure" after a misogyny scandal.

"'...after resigning under pressure' or resigned [because] he embarrassed everything and everyone with caveman levels of misogyny?" tweeted Rapinoe.

Cordeiro led the federation from 2018 to 2020 and resigned after a filing made by the group's lawyers contained misogynistic comments regarding the U.S. women's soccer team. These comments included remarks on how the women's players were less capable and responsible than the men's players, despite the women's team winning the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019.

"I had put in place multiple layers of oversight to ensure that the litigation with the women's national team was conducted in keeping with the values of our federation," said Cordeiro in a statement on Wednesday. "When those layers of oversight failed, it resulted in the inexcusable and offensive legal filing that caused so much pain, especially for our incredible women's players. Had I seen that language, I would have objected and never allowed it to be submitted as written. Given the severity of what happened, words of apology were clearly not enough. As the president of our federation, I felt it was important to take responsibility."

Rapinoe and Cordeiro
Megan Rapinoe of the USA and Carlos Cordeiro, President of the USA Soccer Federation, celebrate following their sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. Rapinoe tweeted against Cordeiro on Tuesday, comparing his handling of a misogyny scandal within the U.S. Soccer Federation to that of a caveman. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Cordeiro launched a campaign website and said "I will make it a top priority to reach a settlement with our women's national team players ... who deserve equal pay." He said as president he would raise money for "a one-time payment so that U.S. Soccer can help reduce the discrepancy between past FIFA Men's and Women's World Cup prize money."

"One of the things that I resolve to do better is to listen more closely to the perspectives and aspirations of our women's national team players and be a better partner in their work for equality," Cordeiro said.

Cordeiro was succeeded by Cindy Parlow Cone, the USSF vice president and a former national team player. She was elected to a one-year term last January and is seeking a four-year term when a vote is held at the federation's annual general meeting from March 3-6 in Atlanta.

Under Parlow Cone's leadership, Will Wilson was hired as chief executive officer and the federation changed law firms in the suit.

The players sued the federation in March 2019 claiming they had not been paid equitably under the collective bargaining agreement that ran through December 2021, compared to what the men's team receives under its agreement that expired in December 2018. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted a summary judgment to the USSF on the pay claim and the sides settled the portion of the suit alleging discriminatory working conditions.

Players have appealed the wage decision, and oral arguments are scheduled before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Carlos Cordeiro
Carlos Cordeiro speaks at a press conference where Vlatko Andonovski was introduced as the U.S. Women's National Team head coach, at Kimpton Hotel Eventi on October 28, 2019 in New York City. The former U.S. Soccer Federation president is expected to run for reelection this year. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images