“In a joint statement, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer Federation said they have “ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S., grow the game of soccer worldwide and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”
In recent years, the players have raised issues about compensation and working conditions compared to their male counterparts, casting a shadow over the efforts of the most successful women’s team in soccer history and pitting the federation against wildly popular athletes, such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
In March 2016, the players filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the USSF with wage discrimination. The case remains active.
Financial specifics were not immediately available, but people with knowledge of the pact said it includes:
Increase in direct compensation
Increase in bonus compensation
Enhanced benefits related to travel and hotels
Per diem equal to the U.S. men’s team
Greater financial support for players who are pregnant
Financial support for players adopting a child
Also, in a key gain, the players’ association will now control group likeness rights for licensing and nonexclusive rights in sponsorship categories where USSF does not have an agreement.”
NEW YORK — Want to know why the U.S. men’s soccer team is sitting home instead of playing in the World Cup in Russia? One big reason is American soccer has become a “rich, white-kid sport,” according to decorated women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion is no stranger to controversy. She didn’t pull any punches while discussing the U.S. men’s national team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after the U.S. women’s team won it all in Canada in 2015.
The sport is too expensive for many Hispanic-American, African-American and rural kids to adopt at a young age, Solo told moderator Bonnie Bernstein on Tuesday at the Hashtag Sports conference. That robs the U.S. Soccer Federation of the type of young talent that rises through the ranks in other nations.
If she were a kid today, Solo said, her family would not be able to afford her soccer dream. What does it say, then, to the Hispanic and African-American communities when we tell them their kids probably won’t get the chance to play for their country?
“We have alienated the Hispanic communities. We have alienated our black communities. We have alienated the underrepresented communities, even rural communities, so soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport,“ Solo said. "Then we have to ask ourselves: Well, no wonder why we are not qualifying for the World Cup when we have alienated a huge population of really talented youth soccer players. And that’s the state of the game right now.”
Hope Solo is 100% right on about the pathetic state of US Soccer right now: "We have alienated the Hispanic communities. We have alienated our black communities. We have alienated the underrepresented communities, even rural communities, so soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport.”
I miss Solo.
I miss HAO.
I miss KO.
I miss Sonnett.
I miss Rampone.
I miss Rapinoe.
I miss ARod.
I miss Leroux.
I miss Kling.
I miss Holiday.
I miss Long in midfield.
I miss Pia Sundhage.
I miss the Department of Defence.
I miss being shown how to play like a badass.
I miss the USWNT.
This is one of the things I miss most about watching her play. And one of the most important yet underrated aspects of her game - her ability to command. Often times you could hear Hope shouting commands as soon as the opponent crossed the halfway line. Always ready, always focused. And I always found being able to hear her voice on the pitch from on-field mics so fascinating. Part of her psyche, the methods behind her technique; much like her notes on PK takers. Her ability to communicate effectively, command her line (and thus earn the trust of her defenders), and organize her players into positions that result in fewer opportunities in front of goal has lead to fewer saves and more shutouts throughout her career. The opposite of what most people think of when they think of this position, but an excellent goalkeeper is the one who doesn’t have to face the ball for the better part of 90 minutes.