US Women’s Soccer Team


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USWNT before post World Cup game against Portugal.

Evelyn Su, Journalist

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team is formed by 23 of the best players in the nation. There are 3 goalies, 7 defenders, 6 midfielders, and 7 forwards. Alex Morgan, co-captain of the team, filed a lawsuit against U.S. soccer with her other two co-captains, forward Megan Rapinoe and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Many current, new, or retired players of the US women’s national team or the National Women’s Soccer League have also signed this lawsuit, including Morgan Brian, Jane Campbell, Danielle Colaprico, Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd, Allie Long, Merritt Mathias, Jessica McDonald, Samantha Mewis, Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh, Casey Short, Emily Sonnet, Andi Sullivan and McCall Zerboni. 

The lawsuit is about equality, specifying on equal pay. The players have been fighting for equality since 2015. They claim that US soccer is bias towards the men’s team, paying them almost twice the amount of the women’s pay. The women’s team have just won their fourth World Cup champion title, and have played many more games than their men’s team, but are still not receiving the right payment. The women “believe it is our [their] duty to be the role models that we’ve [the team] set out to be and fight to what we [the women] know we [they] legally deserve.” Christen Press knows that this is right for them, that they deserve the same as the US men’s team. 

During the World Cup, the USWNT played and won against Thailand, with a whopping 13-0 score. The team broke records with that win, including biggest score difference and most goals in a single Women’s World Cup match. During the whole World Cup, the team had the most consecutive World Cup wins and they have scored the most goals in total in the World Cup, with 26 goals. The team won 13-0 against Thailand, 3-0 against Chile, 2-0 against Sweden, 2-1 against Spain, 2-1 against France in the quarterfinals, a 2-1 win against England in the semifinals, and a 2-0 win to win the world cup, leaving the Dutch Netherlands with the silver medal. 

Re-Inc is a company made by Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, and Meghan Klingenberg. They are all professional soccer players for different clubs of the NWSL (National Women’s soccer league). The company is to promote equality by producing gender neutral and unisex clothes. The 4 women are also encouraging more women to be leaders and speak up for what they think and/or want. The four recently released their Red White and Blue merch, made by designers, including Tobin Heath.

The players on the national womens’ team work hard to be the best, and being the best requires time and effort. They use their free time to try and promote more women to become the leaders that they are. The women fight for equality everyday, taking time to speak about this in interviews and post on their social media, trying to bring attention to this issue. After tons and tons of attempts to achieve equal pay, they finally sued US soccer to formally address this. All players are confident that they will win this case and finally attain equality, after tries dating back to their first World Cup won, in 1970. The team currently have four World Cup titles, and predicted to win a lot more.