US men’s team back women in pay dispute

August 2 – The US men’s national team are once again backing their female counterparts in their dispute with the US Soccer Federation over equal pay.

The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, which represents the men, filed a court brief last week saying U.S. Soccer has “persistently treated the women as second class throughout the 35-year history of the Women’s National Team.”

“The Federation has tried to portray the women as too demanding and claimed that players in other nations have it worse.”

“But the Federation’s long-standing – and ongoing – disparate treatment of the U.S. Women’s National Team players is not absolved merely because the Federation has put some money into women’s soccer or because other nations lag behind,” it continued.

“The United States Soccer Federation markets the United States men’s and women’s national teams under the slogan, ‘One Nation. One Team.’ But for more than 30 years, the federation has treated the women’s national team players as second-class citizens, discriminating against the women in their wages and working conditions and paying them less than the men’s national team players, even as U.S. Soccer has enjoyed a period of extraordinary financial growth.”

The comments came a week after the women’s team, the reigning world champions, appealed a 2020 decision which ruled both teams were paid equally.

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