U.S. men's player association backs women in equal-pay fight

The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, which represents men’s national team players, disputed the letter by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to federation members in which he presented for the first time the federation's side to its dispute with members of the women's national team who sued the federation in Federal court for discrimination.

“This is more of the same from a Federation that is constantly in disputes and litigation and focuses on increasing revenue and profits without any idea how to use that money to grow the sport,” the USNSTPA said in a statement. “One way to increase profit unfairly is to refuse to pay national team players a fair share of the revenue they generate.”

In an attachment to his letter, Cordeiro said U.S. Soccer paid the women's team more than the men's team (total revenue) over the period from 2010 to 2018, except for World Cup bonuses, and noted the NWSL salaries the federation pays as well as benefits for the players on national team contracts.

"The women's national team players deserve equal pay and are right to pursue a legal remedy from the courts or Congress," the USNSTPA responded. "The Federation correctly points to the different payment systems with USWNT players on contracts, but we do not believe that justifies discrediting the work they do or the real value of their profound impact on the American sports landscape."

The U.S. women are being paid under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement reached between the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer in 2017. It expires at the end of 2021

The men's collective bargaining agreement expired at the end of 2018. The USNSTPA said it's still awaiting a response from the federation "to our proposal that would pay the men a fair share of all of the revenue they generate and would provide equal pay to the USMNT and USWNT players.

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4 comments about "U.S. men's player association backs women in equal-pay fight".
  1. Donald Lee, July 31, 2019 at 6:55 a.m.

    So what is this proposal?

  2. James Madison, July 31, 2019 at 2:03 p.m.

    Amidst all the smoke and fire, the answer to the core question is missing: what are the respective team players paid?  For example, what is Megan Rapinoe paid and what is Josy Altidore paid?

  3. Rey Phillips replied, July 31, 2019 at 3:10 p.m.

    I think the question needs to be refined to, "how much is Megan Rapinoe paid for each game played with the USNT and how much is Jozy Altidore paid for each game played with the USNT."  US Soccer is playing a bit of hide the ball with the argument that it pays women more because it pays them for their club work and their national team work.  But if you want an apples to apples comparison, it's really just the amount per game for the national team.  There are plenty of counter arguments that you have to look a the big picture, but I'll let US Soccer make those.

  4. Bob Ashpole, July 31, 2019 at 7:27 p.m.

    Claims under the Equal Pay Act are statutory claims, not contract claims. Actual pay is what matters, not what the contract promises to pay. In simple terms, the statute trumps the contract terms.

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