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Equal Pay: USWNT Players Praise US Soccer President As Hope Solo Frowns At The Breakthrough

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

United States women’s national team (USWNT) players held a joint press conference with the United States (U.S) Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone on Tuesday, hours after settling their equal pay lawsuit.

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As part of the resolution, U.S. Soccer has agreed to commit $22 million in direct compensation to the players and promised equal pay between the men’s and women’s senior national teams.

The lawsuit began in 2019 under the leadership of former U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, who resigned in March 2020 amid backlash over the federation’s approach in court filings.

During the press conference Tuesday, Cone said that she can “understand the frustration” players felt during Cordeiro’s presidency. While Megan Rapinoe openly endorsed Cone for president, other players suggested similar feelings.

“I think Carlos does know my last name, but he’s certainly not getting my vote, that’s for sure,” said Rapinoe.

“The time and energy and the rollercoaster, the unsuccessful mediations, we’ll call them,” she added, “just letting it soak in from our perspective how incredible this is. I just couldn’t be prouder or more honored to be a part of it … to have a former player [Cone] … take it over the finish line.”


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Becky Sauerbrunn credited Cone with helping repair the relationship between the federation and the players since she assumed the role in 2020.

“You became president at a time when I think our relationship with the federation was at its worst,” Sauerbrunn said. “You opened up dialogue with the players and you did exactly what you said you were going to do. We look forward to building that relationship.”

Alex Morgan maintained that the upcoming U.S. Soccer election didn’t directly influence the timing of the settlement.

“We inched toward this moment for months and months,” she said.

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Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo took to social media on Wednesday, addressing the recent equal pay settlement between the U.S. Soccer Federation and the USWNT.
The settlement, worth $24 million, has brought an end to a six-year fight.

In her post, Solo said that it “is not a ‘huge win.’”

“It’s heartbreaking and infuriating,” she wrote, pointing out that the settlement is contingent on the ratification of a new CBA.

“A ‘promise’ of backpay for a select group of players isn’t equal pay and it’s not what this fight is about,” Solo continued. “Read the fine print… it doesn’t exist yet and is not guaranteed. If the players had ever been successful in negotiating an equal CBA, there would’ve been no reason to sue the Federation in the first place.”

One of the five players to originally file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over inequality and pay in 2016, Solo called it the “boldest action any team had ever taken.”

Source: Just Women’s Sports

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