The United States men’s national team has jumped to the defence of the women’s team in their battle with the US Soccer Federation for equal pay and working conditions.
The United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) released a statement on Tuesday in response to USSF president Carlos Cordeiro’s open letter and fact sheet on Monday, which claimed that the women’s team had been paid more than their male counterparts from 2010-18.
The letter was immediately disputed by the women’s players – who are suing the federation in a gender discrimination lawsuit, a matter which is going to mediation – calling the USSF’s calculations a “ruse”.
The USNSTPA went a step further by calling the figures “false accounting”. The statement said: “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 statement added: “The only solution Mr. Cordeiro proposes is for fans to buy more tickets and watch more games on television. He conceals the fact that the money will not go to USWNT players when sponsors pay the Federation to support the USWNT, fans buy tickets to USWNT games at ever-increasing ticket prices, and television companies pay more when more fans watch USWNT games. That is neither fair nor equitable.
“We are also surprised Mr. Cordeiro is writing about labor issues since he has yet to contact the USNSTPA since taking office. As you may know, our CBA (collective bargaining agreement) expired at the end of 2018 and we are currently waiting on a response from US Soccer 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.”