Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Carli Lloyd’s hat trick led the U.S. women’s national soccer team to a World Cup championship in 2015. Now, she — along with four of her teammates — is shooting for equal pay.
“I think we’ve proven our worth over the years,” Lloyd said on NBC’s Today show Thursday. “Just coming off a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. We want to continue to fight. The generation of players before us fought. And now it’s our job to keep on fighting.”
Co-captains Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Megan Rapinoe have filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They say that despite the women’s team having generated millions more in revenue last year compared to the men’s team, they are getting paid 40 percent less.
“Every single day we sacrifice just as much as the men,” Morgan told Today. “We work just as much. We endure just as much physically and emotionally. Our fans really do appreciate us every day for that. We saw that with the high of last summer. We’re really asking, and demanding now, that our federation, and our employer really, step up and appreciate us as well.”
The women’s team has also won more than the men.
“We are the best in the world, have three World Cup Championships, four Olympic Championships, and the (men) get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships,” Solo said on Today.
The U.S. Soccer Federation responded to the complaint Thursday, saying in a statement it was “disappointed about this action.”
“We understand the Women’s National Team Players Association is filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against U.S. Soccer,” the statement read. “While we have not seen this complaint and can’t comment on the specifics of it, 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.”
Morgan also noted on the Today show that she and her teammates are seeking equality across the board.
“We want to play in top-notch, grass-only facilities like the US Men’s National Team,” she said. “We want to have equitable and comfortable travel accommodations and we simply want equal treatment.”
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