Women’s National Team Hides U.S. Soccer Logo During Anthem In Protest (VIDEO)
There is currently a bitter dispute going on between American women’s national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation that spilled over onto the field of play earlier this week when players on the squad wore their warm-up jerseys inside out throughout the national anthem before wearing them right side out for their match against Japan.
This all stems from a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF that was filed last year, but the Soccer Federation hit back this week with legal papers claiming that the women are less skilled and have less-demanding roles than the men on its national team.
“We just decided today as a group, and everybody was on board with it,” said forward Carli Lloyd, a two-time FIFA Player of the Year. “And I think it just was a powerful message, without having to really send a message. I’m really proud of this group because this is not an easy thing. Like I said, we don’t want to be in this position, but we’re here and it’s just got to be better.”
The women claimed the men traveled on charter flights almost three times more often than the women from 2014-19 despite the women playing 33 more matches. The USWNT are seeking more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The US Women’s team had a 3-1 victory over Japan.
A trial is scheduled for May 5th.