Time’s up. Pay up.


Erick Amaya, Sports Editor

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team has long-battled the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for better treatment on and off the field. After many years of this on-going issue, the U.S. women’s team filed a lawsuit against its federation. 

The women are fighting for equal pay as their male counterparts. However, the USSF does not believe that their women’s team deserve equal pay. It is unclear to me how this federation believes that the most successful team in women’s soccer does not deserve equal pay compared to the U.S. Men’s National Team. 

The U.S. Women’s National Team is a four-time International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Women’s World Cup champions, including back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2019. After claiming it’s third title in 2015, the team began to speak out on their concerns that the USSF did not treat the women’s team equally as the men’s team. 

There is no way that after winning back-to-back world championships that you can still think that equal pay is not an option. These women are working so hard and sacrificing a lot of things in order to be able to compete at the highest level. 

To add to the four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles, commonly called “four stars” by the team and its fans, the U.S. Women’s National Team has represented Team USA at the Summer Olympics since 1996, earning four gold medals in six editions of the summer games.

The U.S women will be looking to add another Olympic gold medal this summer after qualifying for the Olympics with a record of five wins, zero losses, and zero ties while scoring 25 goals and conceding zero in an Olympic-qualifying tournament. 

These championships are clear evidence that the women’s team deserves to be treated fairly and equally. They are making the USSF look good, they are making the entire Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region look good. 

When comparing the U.S. Women’s National Team to the U.S. Men’s National Team based on accomplishments, the men’s team just doesn’t compare to the women’s team. Let me put it this way, the men did not qualify for the 2018 Men’s World Cup, that alone should signify that the women deserve better treatment; they are constantly winning titles for the USSF. 

Perhaps Cordeiro is correct, these women are not worthy of equal treatment and pay. These women deserve to be treated at a superior level to the men’s team. Statistics and silverware do not lie.