US Soccer: Women's Team Is Paid More Than Men's

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In June, the women's team released information alleging they brought in more revenue for USSF than the men's team.

"The opportunity to coach this team and work with these unbelievable women has been the honor of a lifetime", Ellis said in a statement.

"The USMNT players were not impressed with U.S. Soccer Federation Carlos Cordeiro's letter made public on Monday", the team said through a statement, as the Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman reported Tuesday.

During the recent FIFA Women's World Cup, Ellis set a new mark by having coached the national team for 127 matches, surpassing former coach April Heinrichs. The women generated $101.3 million over 238 games between 2009 and 2019.

Cordeiro also highlighted tens of millions of dollars of investment by the federation in women's soccer, noting specifically more than $18 million in direct support for the National Women's Soccer League, the 7-year-old professional league, and millions more in spending on youth programs. "USSF refused, ordering lower compensation in every category for the women's team in a pay-for-performance structure". He said the men, meanwhile, were paid $26.4 million over that same period.

"We don't often give them kudos, but that's definitely one that I'm willing to give", Megan Rapinoe said of U.S. Soccer before the World Cup final earlier this month.

Players on the USWNT have quickly countered Cordeiro's comments. Any apples to apples comparison shows that the men earn far more than the women.

"In the weeks ahead, we'll focus on preparing for mediation and resolving this matter in the best interests of the WNT and U.S. Soccer. Equal Pay!" Fans also chanted and carried posters demanding equal pay during the team's celebration parade in New York City.

"The numbers the USSF uses are utterly false, which, among other things, inappropriately include the NWSL salaries of the players to inflate the women's players' compensation".

"The USSF fact sheet is not a 'clarification, '" Levinson's statement said acidly. In the 2015 World Cup, the team went undefeated en route to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the title match. For every game a man plays on the MNT he makes a higher base salary payment than a woman on the WNT.

"Here is what they can not deny", continued Levenson.

"The USSF has repeatedly admitted that it does not pay the women equally and that it does not believe the women even deserve to be paid equally", Levinson told the media.

"The Cordeiro letter includes the claim that the USWNT lost $27m over the past 11 years, but admits that is based on false accounting because the Federation "traditionally" does not count any of the sponsorship, television, or marketing money the Federation generates from USWNT and USMNT players and their games", a statement from the US men's soccer team players association read.

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