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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Stars Allege Pay Discrimination

Complaint says players earn a fraction of their male counterparts despite superior achievements

Five of the biggest stars on the world champion U.S. women’s national soccer team accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of pay discrimination, despite the women’s team’s superior on-field achievements and higher anticipated revenue.

The women’s national team is a three-time World Cup winner and defending Olympic champion.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Ms. Solo. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the [men’s national team] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

“We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, to get paid for doing it,” said Ms. Solo, a goalkeeper and two-time Olympic goal medalist who has been playing for the team since 2000, in the “Today” interview on Thursday.

“We believe now the time is right because we believe it’s our responsibility for women’s sports and specifically for women’s soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights. And to be treated with respect,” she added.

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