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31st Mar 2016

Top US women footballers take legal action to secure better pay

Mikey Stafford

When are three World Cup wins worth less than repeated second round exits?

When you the the US women’s football team comparing yourselves to your male counterparts.

Well, five of the all-conquering US women’s soccer team have taken the decision to sue their national federation in pursuit of equal pay.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo have had enough of being paid less than half what Jurgen Klinsmann’s charges receive.

The quintet are suing on behalf of all players, according to their lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, who also asserted that, as the hugely popular women’s game generated more income for US Soccer than the men, it was time to address the “discriminatory and unfair treatment”.

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 16:  Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States in action against Costa Rica during the match at Heinz Field on August 16, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Women’s football is very popular in the United States, with the women’s team regularly drawing huge crowds to their friendlies. Their 5-0 win over Ireland in January attracted more than 23,000.

In a statement, goalkeeper Solo said “the numbers speak for themselves”.

“We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic Championships, and the USMNT [male equivalents] get paid more just to show up than we get paid to win major championships,” said Solo.

In their own statement US Soccer said they have not yet seen the complaint but said they are “proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years”.

Watch this space.

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