The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team contradicted U.S. Soccer’s assertion that some of the team’s players outearned their male counterparts in court documents filed Monday, according to The Associated Press.
In the documents, the team claims the male players in question would have made far more if they had had a comparable record on the field to their women counterparts, according to the AP.
The team made the filing after U.S. Soccer filed a motion opposing the women’s team request for class-action certification for its lawsuit calling for equal pay. The women have asked a court to include all players called up to the national team, according to the AP.
Last week, U.S. Soccer argued that four players on the team, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd, were paid more than the highest-paid men’s team player between 2014 and 2019, and that those four players lack the standing to represent a class.
“The women chose to have a guaranteed salary of up to $172,500 per year, and in addition to this salary, they earn game and tournament bonuses, and receive a robust package of benefits. While the players on our men’s national team can earn larger bonuses, they take more risk as they do not receive any guaranteed money or benefits within their pay-for-play contract structure,” U.S Soccer said in a statement.
In its filing Monday, the team responded that the four were only able to make that much because “they worked in far more games, had far greater success and thus were able to earn more money in salary and bonuses even under the indisputably discriminatory set of the USSF’s compensation policies,” according to the AP.