A Statement on U.S. Soccer

As supporters of teams in the National Women’s Soccer League, all of which have players who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, we strongly condemn the misogynistic mindset of the US Soccer Federation as reflected in the rhetoric of their recent court filing on March 9, 2020. It is clear to us that the USSF has chosen a path of explicit discrimination on the basis of sex.

As dedicated supporters of women’s soccer in America, we caution U.S. Soccer that we expect the federation to adequately and equitably support the women whose athletic achievements and larger cultural impact have drawn us to this sport. U.S. Soccer now finds itself on the wrong side of history. We urge sponsors and potential sponsors of U.S. Soccer to join us in condemning the federation for their argument that women do not perform equal work because they are less skilled and have less responsibilities than their male counterparts.

U.S. Soccer has taken a paternalistic approach to women’s soccer, asking the players and supporters to be grateful for what they have given us — including the National Women’s Soccer League. Instead, we urge U.S. Soccer to change course to avoid further alienation of their fans and to protect their ability to have a productive and positive impact on our culture as a sport and as a nation.

Signed 3/12/2020

Bayou City Republic (@BayouCityRep, Houston Dash)

Black Swans Drinking Club (@BlackSwansDC, Orlando Pride)

Chicago Local 134 (@Chicagolocal134, Chicago Red Stars, ISC member)

Cloud 9 (Sky Blue FC, ISC member)

The Court (CourtofRoyals, Utah Royals)

Order of the Reign (@OrderOfTheReign, OL Reign)

Pride’s Crown (@PridesCrown, Orlando Pride, ISC member)

Rose City Riveters (@PDXRivetersSG, Portland Thorns, ISC member)

Royal Guard (@RoyalGuard_SG, OL Reign)
Spirit Squadron (@SpiritSquadron, Washington Spirit, ISC member)
The Uproar (@UproarNC, North Carolina Courage, ISC member)

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