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U.S women’s soccer team a long way from a labor agreement

Posted by Betonline team on 7/8/2016 4:36:18 AM
U.S women’s soccer team a long way from a labor agreement

The United States women’s soccer team has been the shining light for the sport in America. It is the defending World Cup and Olympic champion while the men are content with escaping pool play before being swamped by teams like Columbia, Brazil and Italy. The men cannot compete because the best athletes in this country play football or basketball.

Most of the big names in the sport come from the women’s team, which is comical why the team fights for equal pay with the men. The women will play in the Olympics simply because the labor agreement doesn’t expire until the end of the year and U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that the women will not be allowed to strike.

The New York Times reported that the groups signed a revised agreement in 2013. However, Richard Nichols, the USWNT, said it is not a valid agreement. US soccer disagrees.

Earlier players Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging wage discrimination.

A labor dispute continues and Morgan said there is a “slim to no chance” of a collective bargaining agreement before the Rio Olympics.

“It’s still ongoing, and I think it will be ongoing for a while,” Morgan told SI.com. “Our new contract starts next year, and so there’s a lot of negotiations going on right now. I think the complaint filed has definitely helped us, because you just see the fans are so supportive of us. It is the right thing for the federation to step up and say, ‘OK we’re going to play them fairly and equal,’ so we’re continuing to fight.”

The women are scheduled to play friendlies against South Africa and Costa Rica before heading to Brazil where New Zealand, Columbia and France await in pool play. The United States has won the last four gold medals and have won five overall.

The South Africa game takes place July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and the place is likely to be sold out, generating money for U.S. Soccer.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati remains optimistic that an agreement could happen. There is no rush from the organization because the no-strike clause in the CBA prohibits the women from sitting out. The show will go on with or without an agreement.

“We’re going to do everything we can to get that done in a timely fashion, Gulati said during Copa America last month.

The women want to focus on playing soccer but negotiations have caused distractions on the team that it is now beginning to weed out.

“I think the one thing that is unfortunate is that we want to focus on playing our best, and I feel like some of that attention is taking us from off the field things,” Morgan said. “A month or two ago we had decided that no matter what results came from the complaint or the lawsuit or whatever it may be, we’re going to focus on the Olympics and we won’t be doing anything more legally. We kind of made that pact as a team and we’ve stuck to it and it’s really helped with our focus.”

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