U.S. Soccer is making a statement with Pride Crest during World Cup in Qatar
There are many reasons to criticize FIFA for the way they’ve handled the Men’s World Cup that is about to begin in Qatar, and at the top of that list is that they chose to have it in a nation with egregious human rights violations.
Will the U.S. men blow their chance for a World Cup spot, like they did for the 2018 event?
Nearly five years after the United States men’s national soccer team famously blew a spot in the 2018 World Cup by losing to a vastly inferior Trinidad and Tobago squad in October of 2017 in the final game of qualifying, the moment of redemption has finally arrived for the Americans.
MLS makes history with first female referee to work a final game
In Tuesdays MLS is Back Tournament Final matchup between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City SC assistant referee Kathryn Nesbitt made history as the first female official to work the final of a MLS competition. Nesbitt becomes the first woman to officiate an MLS final, after serving as the reserve assistant referee for the 2018 MLS Cup Final. She has also worked as an assistant referee and AVAR throughout the MLS is Back Tournament, with this assignment taking her game tally for the competition into double figures. Not only is she a soccer referee but she also has a PhD. She has been a soccer referee since 2002.
Talks break down between USWNT and US Soccer over equal pay
Carli Lloyd of the USA lifts the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following victory over the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final on July 7, 2019, in Lyon, France. (CNN) - Mediation talks between US Soccer and the United States women's soccer team over a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the players earlier this year have broken down, according to a spokesperson for the players. Included in the federation's numbers is that US Soccer pays USWNT contracted players a salary to play in the National Women's Soccer League, while the men are paid by their individual teams. "The women's national team players deserve equal pay and are right to pursue a legal remedy from the courts or Congress," the men's team said. Sponsors have also been adding to the pressure to resolve the equal pay fight with deodorant brand Secret saying in July that it planned to contribute $529,000 to the USWNT players' association.
USWNT wins Women's World Cup thanks to Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle goals
Minutes after Rapinoe had given her team the lead, Lavelle gathered the ball in midfield and surged forward, which has been a familiar sight here in France. Thailand, Chile, Sweden, Spain, France, England and now the Netherlands have been swept aside by a team now unbeaten in 17 World Cup matches. "The level around the world is going exponentially every year," Jill Ellis, the first coach to win the Women's World Cup twice, told reporters after the match. It is the only team in this tournament which the USWNT has been unable to breach within the opening 12 minutes. "We're second in the world and I'm very proud of that, I'm proud of the team and proud of the staff.