U.S. women's soccer team prepares for parade, accepts Congress invite

Arnold Nichols
July 11, 2019

The most recent ticker-tape parade was held in 2015, when the USA women last won the World Cup. Following the team's triumph at the 2019 Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands on Sunday, the USWNT players will be honored in a parade up the Canyon of Heroes.

The equal pay chant was heard loudly after the U.S. Women's Soccer Team won the World Cup, and now U.S. Sen.

"Working with women as the Women's Soccer Coach at West Virginia University for over twenty four years and earning 17 Conference Championships, 20 NCAA appearances, and producing 25 professional players, I believe first hand, it is wrong for the US Soccer women to be paid and valued less for their work because of gender", Izzo-Brown wrote.

The U.S. women's national team jersey is the best-selling soccer jersey for Nike, not the men's. "They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly".

Even before the World Cup ended, more than 50 members of Congress signed a letter sent by the Democratic Women's Caucus to U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro expressing disapproval of the "inequities in pay publicity and investment" that the U.S. women's team faces.

But whether federal funding will play a key role in the upcoming games is unclear.

The US bid differs significantly from those of other nations, such as Brazil in 2014 or Qatar in 2022, where massive amounts of spending were needed to bring the country's soccer stadiums up to FIFA's standards for a World Cup.

There are arguments being made both that the women's team is underpaid based on its performance, and that the team is actually overpaid based on the amount of revenue the sport of women's soccer generates. "So I think in a lot of ways, this team has been, I guess you could call it, single destiny with this fight for equal pay". That support includes money for host cities, participating state or local agencies, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Forbes estimates that the 2018 men's World Cup in Russian Federation brought in $6 billion in revenue compared to an expected total of $131 million for this year's tournament in France.

After their 2015 World Cup triumph, the team became the first women's team to be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade - also the last time a ticker-tape parade was held in NY. "That's just plain wrong", Manchin said in a statement.

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