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1. U.S. Soccer responded to the complaint filed by 28 U.S. women's national team players in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that U.S. Soccer has engaged in gender-based employment discrimination in violation of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Citing differences in the law and the facts of the case as presented by the players, U.S. Soccer argues that it obeyed the law and didn’t economically discriminate against women's national team players. In part, the response tries to explain away disparities in pay on the basis of fundamentally different working environments with separate collective bargaining agreements for the women's and men's national teams that compensate the players according to different pay structures.

2. PRO agreed with Columbus Crew coach Caleb Porter that referee Ted Unkel erred when he used VAR to overrule an opening goal by the Crew in its 3-1 loss to D.C. United. Unkel ruled that Crew midfielder Wil Trapp fouled D.C. United's Luciano Acosta as he got in their way before Trapp played a pass to Pedro Santos, who scored. PRO determined the incident should not have been recommended for Video Review as the decision to play on was not a clear and obvious error, the threshold for VAR intervention, and -- further -- Unkel should have determined that no foul had been committed in the attacking phase of play so the goal should have stood.

3. Inter Miami began accepting deposits on season tickets and suites for its first MLS season as the demolition of Lockhart Stadium began on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale. It plans on building a new stadium at the Lockhart site that will serve as its temporary home for at least the 2020 and 2021 seasons as part of a soccer complex that will include training facilities and fields for its youth academy. Inter Miami continues to push ahead with plans for a permanent stadium as part of a development project at a Miami golf courses. Efforts to build a Miami stadium have been hindered by (mostly nuisance) lawsuits and mired in approval processes. FXE Futbol, a competing bidder for the Fort Lauderdale site, announced on Wednesday it was dropping a lawsuit against Inter Miami and the city of Fort Lauderdale.
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