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U.S. Soccer & USWNT players settle equal pay lawsuit for $24m

Lizzy Becherano
USWNT settle equal pay lawsuit
USWNT settle equal pay lawsuit / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages
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The players of the US women’s national team have reached a $24m settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation over the equal pay lawsuit, the two sides announced in a court filing on Tuesday.

In doing so, players will receive a lump sum payment of $22m. The amount will then be distributed in a pending manner proposed by the USWNT players and approved by the District Court.

Additionally, U.S. Soccer will be forced to add $2m into an account to benefit the USWNT players in their post-career, and charitable efforts related to women's and girls' soccer. 

Each USWNT player will be able to apply for up to $50,000 from this fund.

U.S. soccer will now pay men and women at an equal rate in all future friendlies and tournaments, according to the terms of the settlement.

"There's no real justice in this other than this never happening again," U.S. international midfielder Megan Rapinoe said to ESPN

"With the settlement of the working conditions and this settlement which is contingent upon a CBA that will have equal pay going forward, there's no other way to look at it than just a monumental win for women's sports and women's soccer, in particular.

“I'm not a big fan of roller coasters, in real life or figuratively. I did think we would get to this point, 100%. I did think we would win all along in this. This is a win for us. And this is a win for the for the players for the next generation, for women's players around the world."

The women's players' union put out a statement following the settlement. 

"The USWNTPA congratulates the players and their litigation team on their historic success in fighting decades of discrimination perpetuated by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Although the settlement reached today is an incredible success, much work remains to be done," the statement read.

The decision to settle comes after a six year fight after the national team’s Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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