Record hat trick of own goals leads US over New Zealand 5-0
Meikayla Moore scored a hat trick against the U.S. — of own goals. “She had a tough day at the office," New Zealand coach Jitka Klimkova said after the Americans won 5-0 in Sunday's SheBelieves Cup match. Ashley Hatch and Mallory Pugh scored second-half goals for the U.S., which is preparing for World Cup qualifying in July.news.yahoo.com
Rapinoe, Press among players opting out of NWSL tournament
U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women's Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press, who played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France, cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. Among the national team players taking part in the tournament are Chicago's Julie Ertz, U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year, and teammate Alyssa Naeher, North Carolina's Crystal Dunn and Portland's Becky Sauerbrunn. The league was rocked by the announcement Monday that the Orlando Pride were dropping out of the tournament after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Like all NWSL players, she was given the option to participate.
US Soccer scores victory in equal pay suit with women's team players
The U.S. women's soccer team's claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court on Friday, handing a victory to the United States Soccer Federation. "The WNT (Women's National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team) over the class period," the court said in its summary judgment. "We will not give up our hard work for equal pay. Players had been seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act. The women's national team beat Netherlands to claim its fourth World Cup title last summer, as the stadium rang with chants of, "Equal Pay, Equal Pay," catapulting its players into the spotlight.cnbc.com