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.
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."
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."