The president of
U.S. Soccer argued in a legal filing that the women’s team is paid differently than the men’s team because its play is inferior and the competition worse, and it competes in less hostile stadiums. The language drew rebuke from members of both teams, plus MLS Commissioner
“The arguments and language contained in this week’s legal filing caused great offense and pain,” Cordeiro wrote in a letter announcing his departure. He said he didn’t fully review the filing in its entirety before it was submitted and, had he done so, he would’ve objected to certain language in it.
Cordeiro has been at U.S. Soccer for the past 13 years, serving as president for the last two. He will be replaced by current vice president Cindy Parlow Cone, who won a World Cup with the U.S. in 1999.
In March 2019, players on the Women’s National Team filed a gender discrimination suit against the USSF alleging they were unlawfully underpaid compared to the players on the Men’s National Team. Cordeiro had earlier apologized for the language in the court filing, and the U.S. Soccer Federation
The U.S. women’s team has four World Cup titles, which is four more than the U.S. men. The trial in their gender pay lawsuit begins May 5.
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