Fight for Equal Pay Leads to New Contract for US Women's Soccer Team, But Here's the Catch

The U.S. women's soccer team just signed a new contract with U.S. Soccer that might increase their pay by 30 percent with additional match bonuses. This means players' salaries have potential to double from their current salaries.

After breaking headlines last year when five top players from the women's team filed lawsuits claiming pay discrimination, the new contract is making a step in the right direction.

But don't jump for joy just yet — the contract is still not increasing pay to equal that of the men's team, The New York Times reports, however, the team's representatives said that the players in turn were granted greater control of their licensing and marketing rights.

"We tried to completely change the methodology for how to define our value, and we made progress in that regard, and it changes the equation for the future," Becca Roux, executive director of the women's team's union, told The New York Times.

Presidential of U.S. Soccer, Sunil Gulati, also claimed the deal as an "equitable" shared victory, The New York Times reports.

As many as 16 players joined the decision-making in Dallas with Gulati and U.S. Soccer representatives.

"I am incredibly proud of this team and the commitment we have shown through this entire process," said Megan Rapinoe, a player and member of the union’s C.B.A. committee. "While I think there is still much progress to be made for us and for women more broadly, I think the W.N.T.P.A. should be very proud of this deal and feel empowered moving forward."

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