Despite winning the FIFA Women's World Cup three times, five U.S. Women's National Team soccer players allege they were paid less than their male counterparts on the national team who've never won
the FIFA cup.
The New York Times
reports Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo filed a federal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arguing that their team "is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team." Morgan also plays for the recently formed Orlando Pride soccer team.
The players allege they made "as little as 40 percent" of what the U.S. Men's National Team earned and were "shortchanged on everything from bonuses and appearance fees to per diems," according to the NYT
“The numbers speak for themselves,” Solo tells the NYT
. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the U.S.M.N.T. get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”
U.S. Soccer officials told the newspaper that while they haven't seen the complaint, they are "disappointed" about the complaint.
"We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years," U.S. Soccer says in a statement to the NYT