Five prominent members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team are filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination.
The five players – co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo – contend they are paid less than their male counterparts, even though the women’s team is an economic driver for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America.
The U.S. women’s team is reigning champion of Women’s World Cup and the Olympics.
“We have proven our worth over the years. The pay disparity between the men and the women is just too large,” said Lloyd Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today Show.”
U.S. Soccer responded in a statement that while it hadn’t seen the complaint yet, “we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years.”