Let’s f—king go.
The acronym, LFG, is the title of the brand new documentary in regards to the U.S. nationwide ladies’s soccer crew that the US Soccer Federation is pushing again in opposition to.
The documentary, launched on Thursday, focuses on the USWNT’s continued fight for equal pay. It particularly follows the USWNT’s authorized crew and gamers Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Sam Mewis.
U.S. Soccer claimed that allegations made within the documentary by lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, — who represents the players of their equal pay lawsuit in opposition to U.S. Soccer — had been false. The group claimed the documentary introduced “a concerning level of dishonesty” and “a misleading and inaccurate account of the facts”
On Thursday, U.S. Soccer posted a 17 message-long Twitter thread pushing again in opposition to Kessler’s claims.
The federation claimed that Kessler misconstrued the totally different pay packages between the boys’s and ladies’s nationwide groups. It wrote that as an alternative of “Kessler[‘s] claims that ‘merely for showing up and playing a game, the men get more per game than the women,’ ” that it was the USWNT Players Association’s need to be compensated on this approach throughout their 2017 contact renewal.
According to U.S. Soccer, the ladies’s crew requested a $100,000 wage with advantages along with bonuses for matches slightly than the pay-for-play mannequin the boys’s crew follows.
“Are the bonuses smaller than the USMNT sport bonuses? Yes, [because] the USWNTPA negotiated for a $100k wage and advantages. Kessler conveniently leaves out these two issues and solely compares bonuses. He additionally fails to say the $90k+ wage U.S. Soccer pays for taking part in within the NWSL.
“This structure was preferred by the USWNT, as it ensures security and stability. If a player gets hurt on Jan. 2, she still gets paid her full salary (and NWSL salary). During COVID when there were no games USWNT still got paid every two [weeks and] benefits. USMNT got paid $0.”
“Our USWNT and USMNT are among the highest paid in the world, with the USWNT making more than almost every men’s national team globally. We’re confident that, working together, we can reach an agreement that benefits everyone moving forward,” the group added.
The USSF declined to participate within the documentary to current its aspect within the case. In May 2020, the equal pay portion of the USWNT’s lawsuit was dismissed. However, in April, a federal choose granted a partial deal between the us and the USWNT, which allowed the gamers to attraction the sooner resolution.
According to USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone, the crew’s need for the federation to pay them the disparity between the boys’s and ladies’s FIFA prize cash “would likely bankrupt” the group. Currently, the profitable crew of the boys’s World Cup receives $38 million in prize cash whereas the ladies’s champion receives $4 million.
Kessler, nonetheless, fired again on the federation’s claims about him and the lawsuit in a statement to ESPN for creating what he believes is a false narrative.
“The USSF, regrettably, continues to attempt to rewrite the previous, making up a story that it has provided an equal price of pay to the world champion ladies gamers, however it has not.
“It lashes out at the women players and me in a juvenile Twitter storm because it knows the truth — and so does the rest of the world.”