The federation has denied several claims by its players and their lawyer in a recently released film
US Soccer denounced the “worrying level of dishonesty” in the team’s arguments over equal pay in the new “LFG” documentary.
The new film features an “inside story of the United States Women’s National Team’s ongoing struggle for equal pay, as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis and others, “according to a press release.
But the federation disputed several claims in the film, particularly those made by USWNT lawyer Jeffrey Kessler.
What was said?
US Soccer set out its case in a Thread of 17 tweets on Twitter, stating: “In the new movie ‘LFG’ there is a disturbing level of dishonesty about US Soccer and the USWNT compensation that we believe needs to be addressed.
“Specifically, lawyer Jeffrey Kessler presents a misleading and inaccurate account of the facts.”
US Soccer went on to list several issues with the USWNT and Kessler’s claims.
“Kessler says that ‘just for showing up and playing a game, men get more per game than women.’ The facts: the men’s and women’s teams are represented by different unions and have knowingly requested and accepted different remuneration models, ”reads a tweet from the federation.
US Soccer later added: “Kessler also alleges differences in USWNT and USMNT hotel rooms, joking that USWNT is staying at Motel 6. The Facts: USWNT is staying regularly in some of the best hotel properties in the world for 20 years.
“Our USWNT and USMNT are among the highest paid in the world, with the USWNT doing more than almost any men’s national team in the world. We are confident that by working together we can achieve a deal that benefits everyone. world in the future.
“We remain committed to building on the success of our teams and continuing to develop football here in the United States at all levels of the game.”
What is the status of the USWNT lawsuit?
In May 2020, Judge Gary Klausner ruled that the USWNT could not prove that US Soccer discriminated against them financially on the basis of their gender.
This spring, US Soccer and USWNT reached an agreement on working conditions, including flights, site selection, support staff and hotel rooms.
The USWNT has now filed an appeal against Klausner’s decision against their allegations of gender discrimination.
The appeal process is expected to be lengthy and could last until 2022 or even 2023. US Soccer has said it is willing to meet with the players to discuss an out-of-court settlement.