U.S. Women's national soccer team files wage-discrimination action

Five players from the U.S. women's national soccer team have filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Among the five players are stars Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

The figures from the USSF's 2015 financial report says that despite the women's team generating close to $20 million more in revenue than the U.S. men's team, the women are only getting paid about a quarter of what the mens team is getting paid.

"Recently it has become clear that the Federation has no intention of providing us equal pay for equal work," said Megan Rapinoe in a news release after adding her name to lawsuit filed.

The lawsuit was filed by Winston & Strawn law firm who has represented player unions and athletes in the past including Tom Brady and Ray Rice in claims with professional leagues.

USSF President Sunil Gulati said Thursday night that many factors are considered when it comes to player compensation, including the revenue the teams generate.

"We think very highly of the women's national team and we want to compensate them fairly, and we'll sit down and work thru that with them when all of this settles down,'' Gulati said.

Solo, who appeared with Lloyd on NBC's "Today" on Thursday, said "not much has changed" during her time on the team.

"I've been on this team for a decade and a half, and I've been through numerous CBA negotiations, and honestly, not much has changed," Solo said. "We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, to get paid for doing it.

"In this day and age, it's about equality. It's about equal rights. It's about equal pay. We're pushing for that. We believe now the time is right because we believe it's our responsibility for women's sports and specifically for women's soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights. And to be treated with respect."

"Our efforts to be advocates for women's soccer are unwavering," the statement said. "For 30 years, we have been a world leader in promoting the women's game and are proud of the long-standing commitment we have made to building women's soccer in the United States and furthering opportunities in soccer for young women and girls around the world."

Landon Donovan iconic player for the men's national team showed support via twitter along with Hillary Clinton and others.


Today, I joined my teammates to file an action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, accusing the US Soccer Federation (USSF), of wage discrimination on behalf of our entire US Women’s National Team. This is not only about equal pay – we get paid less than half of our male counterparts – but also equal treatment. We deserve to play in top-notch, grass-only facilities like the U.S. Men’s National Team, not dangerous turf fields. We want to have decent travel accommodations. We have dedicated our lives to this sport and our country and we love soccer and our fans. We think it’s time for employers to truly address the inequality and do not only what is fair, but what is right. We decided to do this for all of the little girls across the country and around the world who deserve to have a voice, and if we don’t leverage the voice we have, we are letting them down. We hope you’ll join us in learning more about the issue and supporting us as we push forward. #equalplayequalpay

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