U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigns

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro announced his resignation Thursday in the wake of a misogynistic legal argument filed by the organization in its equal pay battle with the United States Women’s National Team.

Essentially, the federation argued that women have less “ability” than men at soccer and should therefore be paid less. Calling the argument “unacceptable and inexcusable,” Cordeiro said he did not properly review the filing before its submission.

U.S. Soccer vice president Cindy Parlow Cone will replace Cordeiro as president.

Heavy blowback for U.S. Soccer’s misstep against USWNT

Cordeiro had previously apologized for the filing Wednesday evening, lamenting “the offense and pain caused by language in this week's court filing” and pledging to alter the federation’s legal strategy.

On the same day, the USWNT appeared to respond to the filing by taking the field at the SheBelieves Cup with their warm-up jerseys inside out, an apparent rebuke of the U.S. Soccer logo.

Some former members of the team were more explicit in their condemnation.

Additionally, a number of U.S. Soccer sponsors released statements backing the players, including The Coca-Cola Co., Anheuser Busch Cos. Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co. and Volkswagen Group.

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Megan Rapinoe holds the Women's World Cup trophy as the U.S. women's soccer team is celebrated with a parade along the Canyon of Heroes, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Construction workers watch as members of the U.S. women's soccer team is celebrated with a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
U.S. women's soccer team player Megan Rapinoe pours champagne for an unidentified teammate as Alex Morgan, rear left, watches during a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A fan on a float poses during a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes honoring the U.S. national women's soccer team, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: A Fan looks on during the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Victory Parade and City Hall Ceremony on July 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: (L-R) United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro, Megan Rapinoe, Allie Long and Alex Morgan celebrate while riding on a float during The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Victory Parade and City Hall Ceremony down the Canyon of Heroes on July 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: Megan Rapinoe signs a vest that United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro holds while riding on a float during The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Victory Parade and City Hall Ceremony down the Canyon of Heroes on July 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: Megan Rapinoe celebrates during the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Victory Parade and City Hall Ceremony on July 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The U.S. women's soccer team member Jessica McDonald flexes during a celebration at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The U.S. women's soccer team captains' Alex Morgan, left, and Megan Rapinoe celebrate at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Fans celebrates as members of the the U.S. women's soccer team approach during a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
The U.S. women's soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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