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USWNT: U.S. Soccer, USWNT agree to new CBA

The United States Women’s National Team have reached a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with U.S. Soccer.

The USWNT announced they would fight for a new CBA to end wage discrimination. The U.S. Men’s National Team makes significantly more than their female counterparts. Meanwhile, fans of the USWNT argued the success of the women’s team versus the men’s team.

The initial need for a new deal was filed a year ago, in March 2016, by members of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The new CBA deal is a five-year deal, which will go through when the USWNT make a run for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“We believe this is another important step to continue our longstanding efforts to drive the growth of women’s soccer in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “This agreement helps to ensure the strength of the women’s national team, provide stability and growth potential for the National Women’s Soccer League, and over time strengthen the elite player development process at the grassroots level. We believe our continued partnership will ensure a bright future for our sport for years to come.”

I am incredibly proud of this team and the commitment we have shown through this entire process,” said U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe. “While I think there is still much progress to be made for us and for women more broadly, I think the WNTPA should be very proud of this deal and feel empowered moving forward.”

According to Sports Illustrated, the new deal includes “a commitment from U.S. Soccer to pay the NWSL salaries for allocated players; a return commitment by the players to compete in the NWSL; a requirement for the improvement of NWSL standards; and the ability of the WNTPA to control group likeness rights for licensing and non-exclusive rights in sponsorship categories where U.S. Soccer does not have a sponsor.”

The U.S. Women’s National Team will also receive an increase in both direct and bonus compensation. The team will also get better hotel and travel accommodations. Another important aspect in the new CBA is better financial support for the players that are pregnant and, or, adopting a child of their own.

“We’re trying to figure out where women’s soccer is going, so we may not have the same exact structure as the men,” USWNT co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn said in a podcast on Sports Illustrated. “So equal isn’t the right word. It would be equitable, because we are asking for a different structure.”

The deal comes in time for the U.S. Women’s National Team friendly against Russia, which will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET. The match will air on Fox Sports 1, and will take place in Frisco, Texas. The two teams will meet up again on Sunday, in Houston. The match will air on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET.

 

Photo of Becky Sauerbrunn and Meghan Klingenberg courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.

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