U.S. Soccer President: USWNT Paid More than Men

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In an open letter addressed to friends, colleagues and supporters of U.S. Soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro argued that amidst the debate spurred by the Women’s National Team’s lawsuit seeking equal pay and the team’s unprecedented fourth World Cup win, there’s “confusion” about how much the Federation actually pays the men’s and women’s teams. 

Cordeiro says in his letter that an analysis of 10 years of the Federation’s financials shows that: “...separate and apart from any prize money awarded by FIFA — U.S. Soccer has, over the past decade, paid our Women’s National Team more than our Men’s National Team in salaries and game bonuses, and we continue to make unprecedented investments in our women’s program.”

The analysis is based on IRS filings, financial statements, collective bargaining agreements for both the men’s and women’s teams and salary information. The Federation says that a third-party accounting firm reviewed the financial analysis. 

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