Rapinoe ‘optimistic’ a pay deal can be done but says there will be no compromise

October 16 – US women’s football star Megan Rapinoe, who captured the hearts of her nation and millions more fans worldwide during the recent World Cup, says she’s “optimistic” that she and her fellow players can reach an agreement in their legal battle against the US Soccer Federation.

The four-time World Cup winners sued US Soccer in March, alleging gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions. Mediation talks broke down in August and a trial date has been set for May 2020.

“I’m always open, I think the team is always open for a settlement,” Rapinoe told Reuters a day before a Women’s Sports Foundation gala at which she and her 2019 World Cup-winning squad were set to be honoured.

“I don’t think anyone really ever wants to go to trial or to take this thing to that level. But obviously if we have to, we will,” said Rapinoe, who won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at this year’s World Cup.

“We’re not willing to compromise on what we know is right and what we know we deserve and have already earned.”

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