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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Files Complaint, Want Equal Pay to Male Soccer Players

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Files Complaint, Want Equal Pay to Male Soccer Players

Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team – Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo – want equal pay to the male players and have filed a federal labor complaint against U.S. Soccer with their rights and demands.

The five players represent the team as a whole and filed the papers on Thursday (March 31), the New York Times reports. The women allege they are paid 40% of what male players are making.

“I think the timing is right,” Carli said on the Today show. “I think that we’ve proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. And we want to continue to fight.”

“We believe now the time is right because we believe it’s a responsibility for women’s sports, specifically women’s soccer, to really do whatever it takes for equal pay and equal rights and to be treated with respect,” Hope added.

U.S. Soccer responded on the Today show, stating, “We’re disappointed about this action. We’ve been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we’ve made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years.”

Click inside to watch the video from the Today show appearance…

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  • lshelton22

    Why is US Soccer “disappointed” about their complaint? They are like, how dare these women want equal pay? ?!? Unlike our flop mens team, the womens team actually wins games and tournaments. They should be paid equal.

  • lshelton22

    Why is US Soccer “disappointed” about their complaint? They are like, how dare these women want equal pay? ?!? Unlike our flop mens team, the womens team actually wins games and tournaments. They should be paid equal.

  • First Last

    The USWNT is far more successful than the USMNT and their pay should reflect that success. The USWNT has won the last four Olympic soccer medals and the won the World Cup, the USMNT has never won either and their best position in the World Cup was third and that was in 1930 and they haven’t made it to the Olympics since 1988. Glass ceiling much?

  • Roscoe

    Are they generating an equal amount of revenue as the men? Using most other sports as an example, I doubt that they do. If they, in fact, don’t, they should be focusing on maxing out their endorsement and sponsorship opportunities and working with the organization to put more people in the seats and tuning in instead of attempting to extort them via negative publicity.

  • Margaret McCarty


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  • Legendary Trolly

    I dont even have to leave a comment! I came here to say what you said!

  • Legendary Trolly

    But do they generate as much money? They can only be paid for what they do!

  • First Last

    So, regardless of the prestige they bring to the US by winning multiple championships, being ranked #1 in the whole world, all you seem to care about is whether or not they sell out stadiums when they play. News flash: soccer isn’t America’s sport. American’s teams, male or female, will never and have never generated as much revenue as other countries when it comes to soccer games. But guess what? The USWMT is more recognizable than the USMNT. I barely watch soccer and I can name at least 10 USWNT members off the top of my head, the only USMNT member I know is Landon Donovan and he’s retired. I know, I know, what I know doesn’t represent what others know, but if you walk down the street and ask people they will say Alex Morgan and Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. If you ask them to name male players they will probably say Beckham or Ronaldo. Donovan himself said that the USWNT would beat USMNT because they are better. What they do is show little girls around the country that they can grow up to be professional athletes, that sports aren’t just for men, and they should be paid accordingly. And guess what? USWNT members have more sponsorship deals than USMNT because, like I said before, they are more recognizable.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I dont care about any of that trash! They 100% ONLY deserve what they can bring in! Where is this mythical money to pay them, going to come from if they arent doing their part? You have to be logical! Money wont grow on trees! If people pay to see them more than they pay to see the guys, then its no reason they SHOULDNT be paid more! But for them to be paid equally, just for the purpose of equality makes zero sense! You can only get what you bring in! This is how companies lose money!

  • First Last

    USWNT brings in more money than USMNT. In terms of sponsorships and ad deals USWNT has more. In terms of championships, they get money for winning, USWNT has more. In terms of appearances, like tv shows, awards shows and such, USWNT has more. The amount of tickets they sell are more than likely on par with the men’s team and they have probably risen since their World Cup win. But them winning at the Olympics and at the World Cup generates even more money. One Olympic win is probably and entire season for USMNT. I’m not saying they deserve more purely because of equality, I’m saying that they are fundamentally worth more than the men’s team and should be paid thusly. All that “trash” is what makes them worth more.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Well if they have more, then they deserve more money! But your argument was that they deserved more money just for equality! Thats not how it works! They should get more money if they bring in more!

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