Carli Lloyd, captain of the United States Women’s National soccer Team, has placed an op-ed in the New York Times, claiming that U.S. soccer is treating the women players like “second class citizens”.
“We’ve won three World Cups and will try to win our fifth Olympic gold medal this summer in Brazil. When we captured the Women’s World Cup title in Canada in July, we drew the highest American television rating for soccer in history and, according to a financial report published by U.S. Soccer last month, helped generate $17.7 million in profit for the federation,” claims Lloyd.
Yet even though U.S. Soccer’s financials confirm that we are the driving force that generates a majority of the revenue for the federation, when we as a team presented our proposal for increased compensation in our new collective bargaining agreement, U.S. Soccer told us, on more than one occasion, that our proposal was not rational. Essentially, the federation said that it had a certain sum of money set aside for the women’s team and that our proposal was unacceptable,” continues Lloyd.
We’ve gotten nowhere negotiating with our federation for years, and it became clear to us that nothing had changed. That’s why we went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with our complaint,” finishes Carli Lloyd in her argument.
On Mar. 31, 2016, along with Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn, Lloyd filed a wage discrimination complaint against U.S. soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.