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Alex Morgan, Other Players Accuse U.S. Soccer Federation of Wage Discrimination

Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan. Photo: YouTube
Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan. Photo: YouTube

Five women’s soccer players, including Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan, accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination.

In a filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity commission, the World-cup winning players allege they make four times less than their male counterparts on the US men’s national team.

The women’s team won the World Cup last year and participated in a victory tour across the country – including a stop at the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan plays for the US National team and joins Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo in the filing.

While only five players from the women’s team are named in the filing, Sauerbrunn says the move has support from the entire women’s team.

"While we've not seen this complaint and can't comment on the specifics of it, we're disappointed about this action," said the U.S. Soccer Federation. "We've been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we've made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."

Brendan Byrne is WMFE's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the WMFE newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing WMFE's internship program.

Byrne also hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.
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