New US Soccer leadership: Settling women's lawsuit, rebuilding trust are top priorities

The Associated Press
Published 10:38 p.m. ET March 24, 2020 | Updated 11:11 p.m. ET March 24, 2020


USA TODAY Sport’s Nancy Armour break down the impact of U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro’s comments on equal pay.


NEW YORK – The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to state that settling a lawsuit filed by women’s national team players is a top priority.

“A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to rebuild that trust and rebuild the relationship. It is not going to happen overnight,” President Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday. “It’s going to take a lot of effort and time and energy from the U.S. Soccer side to rebuild that trust, not only with our U.S. women’s national team players, but with our fans and everyone engaged in the sport.”

Players claim they have not been paid equally to the men’s national team and asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A trial is scheduled for May 5 in federal court in Los Angeles.

“The solution here is clear, simple,…

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