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U.S. Soccer Federation defends support for women's team after lawsuit
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Mar 15, 2019 6:22 PM 1+ week ago

(Reuters) - The U.S. Soccer Federation defended on Friday its treatment of the World Cup-winning national women's team and said it was surprised at a recent lawsuit (USWNT) alleging gender discrimination.

All 28 members of the U.S. women's squad were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on International Women's Day last week.

Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said in an open letter that the body had made a sincere effort to provide the very best resources possible to the women's team.

"U.S. Soccer believes that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay, and we strive to meet this core value at all times," he added.

The players said they have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.

According to the lawsuit, filed three years after several players made a similar complaint with the U.S. Equal ...

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