The U.S. women’s soccer players’ union and the sport’s governing body have agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement, improving standards for the national team and pro league and ensuring labor harmony through the next World Cup and Olympics.
In a joint statement, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer Federation said they have “ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S., grow the game of soccer worldwide and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”
The sides had been operating under the terms of the previous deal, which expired Dec. 31. In recent years, the players have raised issues about compensation and working conditions compared to their male counterparts, casting a shadow over the efforts of the most successful women’s team in soccer history and pitting the federation against wildly popular athletes, such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
In March 2016, the players filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the USSF with wage discrimination. The case remains active.
Now this, from a day before:
In preparation for two upcoming friendlies against Russia, the U.S. women’s national team played the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team on Sunday and fell 5-2, according to FC Dallas’ official website. This friendly came as the U.S. looked to tune up before taking on Russia on Thursday night in a friendly.
1. CBS immediately provides cover, writing,
“Of course, this match against the academy team was very informal and should not be a major cause for alarm. The U.S. surely wasn’t going all out, with the main goal being to get some minutes on the pitch, build chemistry when it comes to moving the ball around, improve defensive shape and get ready for Russia.”
No, there’s no cause for alarm, because maybe the Russian women’s team would lose to amateur teenage boys too. But the women have loudly and indignantly insisted that they should be compensated at the same rate as the men’s soccer team. On what basis? If it is that the women’s team makes as much money as the men’s team (it doesn’t), OK, that’s a valid point. If it is that their skill, performance and level of play require equal pay, I think it is clear that facts and reality are not on their side.
2. If the women were not going all-out against the kiddie team, they are fools and ethics dunces. They have a pending demand before the EEOC that they are being discriminated against; surely they recognized how it would look if they lost. No? Is it possible that they are so arrogant and ideologically programmed that their position is that women should be paid what the men are even if their skills are a fraction of what the male players display?
3. Perhaps the women were counting on the social justice warrior-riddled sports reporting establishment to cover for them by largely burying this story, which it dutifully did. Mustn’t let reality interfere with feminist posturing, right, ESPN? Can you imagine what the coverage would be if the NBA star-stuffed U.S. Olympic basketball team lost a “friendly” game to to a high school team? How about to a high school girl’s team?
4. Why shouldn’t a group of talented 15-year old male soccer players announce that they are henceforth identifying as female, and take over women’s professional soccer? What would be wrong with that? Would it be unethical? The various progressive tenets are inevitably going to collide messily, since they are based on reaching desired results in defiance of, rather than in response to, reality.
5, The U.S. Soccer federation doesn’t want to rock the boat, and maintaining the fiction that female players are “just as good” as their male counterparts is a nice, reassuring white lie to encourage girls to get involved with team sports, a good thing, unequivocally. However, the pros are obligated to either live up to their hype, or stop insisting that we believe it.
6. The women should be offered a fair chance to earn what the men’s team does if they can also earn roster spots on the men’s team. Otherwise, they should accept the consequences of playing on a team that is limited in competition because of the limitations of its players—just like, say, an under-15 boys soccer team.