A California judge threw out the women’s claims that they were underpaid as compared to the men’s squad.
USA Women co-captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe will appeal with the men’s national team against their defeat, said in a complaint about equal compensation.
Talking on Good Morning America, Morgan said “We were so surprised-we’re surely going to appeal. This move came out of leftfield for us. I think it was very surprising on both sides. If anybody knew anything about the heart of this squad, we’re warriors and we’re going to keep battling for it together.”
The long-running World Cup-winning team dispute with US Soccer was a loud and divisive conflict and the players requested $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.
The court noted in its judgment summary that the Women’s National Team earned more on both a gross and a real per-game basis over the plaintiff’s term than the Men’s National Team.” the court noted in its summary judgment.
Rapinoe, last year’s Ballon d’Or winner, said she doubted the legitimacy of the summary judgment. She said “When I get one dollar a time I play and a man earns three dollars only because I win 10 games and he wins just three games — then I get 10 dollars and he earns nine dollars — I’m not sure how I make more money.”
Some of the team’s high profile backers, including women’s sports pioneer Billie Jean King and future US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, expressed their defense as news broke.
The court permitted unreasonable medical, travel, and preparation charges to transfer to the case, scheduled to start June 16.