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U.S. Soccer Sues Women’s National Team in Federal Court
The lawsuit is a sudden escalation of a labor fight over the team’s collective bargaining agreement with the federation.
By Andrew Das

U.S. Soccer sued the union representing the world champion United States women’s national team in federal court on Wednesday, a sudden escalation of a labor fight over the team’s collective bargaining agreement.

In the lawsuit, U.S. Soccer is seeking to have a court rule that the terms of the agreement — which expired in 2012 but has remained the guiding document over the relationship between the federation and star players like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan — remains valid.

U.S. Soccer said in the filing that it “reluctantly” brought the action against its players, who won the Women’s World Cup in Canada over the summer, after the lawyer for the players threatened to repudiate the agreement. The lawyer, Richard Nichols, told U.S. Soccer that doing so would allow the players to engage in labor actions to force a new agreement, the federation said.

The federation said it sought relief from the court to prevent those actions from disrupting the coming National Women’s Soccer League season and, potentially, the Americans’ participation in this summer’s Rio Olympics.