But the issue never lingered far from the stage; the women heard chants of "Equal pay!" even before they received their winner's medals at the World Cup, and officials like Cordeiro were heckled by the same mantra during the team's ticker-tape celebrations in NY.
Cordeiro, the U.S. Soccer president, must have been itching to offer some kind of a riposte to what he surely views as misleading claims laid out by USWNT players in their ongoing lawsuit against his federation, which is set to enter mediation shortly.
There's more. The men's team actually received more money ($41 million) overall than the women's team since 2010 due to the fact that bonuses paid by Federation Internationale de Football Association (not by USA soccer) for World Cup appearances are waaaaay more generous for men's teams than for women's.
"More specifically, WNT games have generated a net profit (ticket revenues minus event expenses) in only two years (2016 and 2017)". The women generated $101.3 million over 238 games between 2009 and 2019.
"When I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned", Ellis, 52, said in a statement from U.S. Soccer.
The World Cup title in 2015 was the team's first since winning in 1999. "I remain optimistic that we can find common ground", Cordeiro wrote. "U.S. Soccer believes that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay".
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Megan Rapinoe gestures 4 as she holds the Trophy for the FIFA Women's World Cup. "But Jill shook that up and said 'No, I'm trying these players out even if it's their first camp.' We had to change our mindset". The claim is used as a rallying cry in the demand for equal pay, even though athletes and other entertainers have vastly different pay structures than average Americans.
The men CAN earn larger bonuses. but they're guaranteed nothing, according to Cordeiro. Add World Cup as an interest to stay up to date on the latest World Cup news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
The letter comes amid increasing pressure on U.S. Soccer in the wake of the women's victory at the World Cup earlier this month. "She helped raise the bar for women's soccer in the United States of America and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable". Sources have told the Guardian that Ellis wanted a new contract in the lead-up to this year's World Cup, but US Soccer denied that and instead amended her deal to give her a raise, taking her salary from around $300,000 to $500,000.
Levinson maintains the figures provided by U.S. Soccer are misleading.
The USWNT say, however, that they offered to move to the same compensation structure as the men but this was turned down by the USSF, calling the refusal the "very definition of gender discrimination".
"Here is what they can not deny", continued Levenson. For every game a man plays on the MNT he makes a higher base salary payment than a woman on the WNT.