No major competitive matches.
The dominating story yesterday wa the US Women's National Team suing US Soccer for pay more in line with their male counterparts. As many figures have pointed out, their cause is a just one. They get paid four times less for a victory than the men's side get's paid for a defeat, this despite being the far more successful club, both on the pitch and in the front office. The Women's Team has brought in revenues equal to or more than the men over the last World Cup cycle, depending on which source you consult.
This isn't merely a case of women demanding equal pay to men just for the sake of getting on the level. This is the USWNT raising hell because they are getting paid peanuts compared to the money they bring in for the federation while the men, who earn less, get paid much more handsomely.
Regardless of gender, players should be paid what they are worth at any level. In this case, the Women's National Team is not being paid relative to their worth for US Soccer. So yes, they deserve to be paid as much, if not more, than the men who do the same exact job only not as well.
This is just the latest bullet that the USWNT is using against US Soccer. The labor war between the two sides is heating up at an alarming rate and it began with the women taking the stance against the lack of collective bargaining agreement between the team and the federation. Opening the CBA for renegotiation would be the cleanest way for both sides to come out of this, but it remains unclear if that will ever happen. While a solution could be found, it also could lead to a lengthy strike as the team has already shown they are willing to fight for their just demands.
In other news, LA Galaxy received some sour news yesterday as their star forward Robbie Keane had to have knee surgery that will keep him out for four to six weeks. This takes out the one aging European who actually plays well for the team and sticks them with the old men who really don't seem to care about how they plan and some promising youngsters who aren't quite ready for the big time (except probably Gyasi Zardes).
The Vancouver Whitecaps also received some bad news. Masato Kudo, who drew what turned out to be a match winning penalty on Saturday night against Houston, has been suspended one match for diving on that play. He will miss Saturday's tilt with LA Galaxy and has been fined an undisclosed amount.
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