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Soccer-US Soccer president urges women’s team to settle lawsuit

U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said on Tuesday she would welcome an out-of-court settlement of the landmark U.S. women’s national team players’ equal pay lawsuit. “US Soccer remains committed to resolving this matter outside of the courts for the long-term benefit of the sport at all levels,” Parlow Cone said in a statement.

“We would be happy to agree to settle down so that we can focus on working together to chart a more positive and collaborative path.” The players sued their governing body in 2019, alleging gender discrimination in wages and playing conditions. US Soccer argued that the women’s team received more compensation than the men’s team in the last decade.

In May 2020, a judge in the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied the players’ equal pay claims, but allowed their claims regarding playing conditions to proceed. The players reached an agreement on the terms component of the lawsuit and appealed the salary decision part. Appeal arguments are due to begin on March 7.

Parlow Cone also argued on a call with reporters that she and not former president Carlos Cordeiro should be chosen to lead the federation at the March 5 national council meeting. Cordeiro resigned under pressure two years ago after a legal filing that was widely condemned. as a misogynist and was replaced in that position by Parlow Cone, a former national team player who was then vice-president of US Soccer.

Parlow Cone said she led American football through the unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and was in the best position to chart a positive course. She reiterated that the male and female players’ associations have both been offered nearly identical contract proposals, a claim the players’ association had previously dismissed as a “publicity stunt”.

Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for American Women, said Parlow Cone’s comments about reaching a deal were riddled with “empty promises and rhetoric”. “Cindy knows where to find the players and knows what it will take to settle the lawsuit,” she said in an email.

“She should stop talking about it and do it.”

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