US Soccer backs off sexist, demeaning characterizations of USWNT in latest legal filing

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Shamed by players and chastened by outraged sponsors, U.S. Soccer has dropped the sexist and demeaning stereotypes it had used to make its case in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. women.

U.S. Soccer’s response to a request for summary judgment, filed late Monday night, no longer includes the claim that it is “indisputable `science’” that the women lacked the “skill” of male players. The assertion that the women don’t face the same responsibilities as the U.S. men is also gone.

Instead, it reverts to a previous argument that the U.S. women receive more in total compensation than the U.S. men.

“Last week’s legal filing was an error. It resulted from a fundamental breakdown in our internal process that led to offensive assertions made by the Federation that do not represent our core values,” new U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement.

“It is our obligation to move quickly to repair the damage that has been done,” added Parlow Cone, a member of the U.S. team that won the 1999 World Cup. “I am committed to addressing this issue in an honest, transparent and…

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