Both U.S. Soccer’s new president and new CEO are hoping to settle the equal pay lawsuit filed by members of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s national team before the case goes to trial in May.
“That’s one of our top priorities right now,” USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. The former USWNT midfielder, who played on the iconic 99ers squad, replaced Carlos Cordeiro earlier this month when Cordeiro resigned after the federation’s lawyers used sexist language in a court filing.
“I don’t think a trial is good for either party, or for soccer in this country or internationally,” Parlow Cone added. “Obviously our women’s team is the best team in the world, and I’m hopeful that we can find a resolution before this goes to trial.” USWNT spokesperson Molly Levinson had a brief but pointed response. “The solution is clear, simple and unequivocal,” she said. “Equal. Pay.”