5 players accuse US soccer federation of wage discrimination

FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2015 file photo, United States' Morgan Brian (14), Christen Press (23), and Ali Krieger (11), celebrate with the U.S. flag after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The “Kids’ Choice Sports 2015,” airing 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, will be hosted by NFL player Russell Wilson and include members of the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(AP) – Five players from the World Cup-winning U.S. national team have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo maintain in the EEOC filing they were payed nearly four times less than their male counterparts on the U.S. men’s national team. The filing was announced in a press release on Thursday.

The union representing the players is currently involved in a legal dispute with U.S. Soccer over the validity of their collective bargaining agreement.

The federation filed a lawsuit this year seeking to clarify that its contract with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association runs through the Rio Olympics until Dec. 31. The union maintains the memorandum of understanding agreed to in March 2013 can be terminated at any time.

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