BY JASMINE JACKSON
Five top members of the U.S. Women's National soccer team will file a federal wage complaint alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The women's soccer team is earning as little as 40% of what men make. Although, the women's team generated nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men's team.
The EEOC will conduct an investigation and determine whether or not they owe money to the U.S. women's team. The USSF President, Sunil Gulati, said that many factors are considered when it comes to player compensation, including the revenue the teams generate.
"We think very highly of the women's national team and we want to compensate them fairly, and we'll sit down and work through that with them when all of this settles down," Gulati said.
Tim Howard, the men's national team goalie, told SportsCenter that the men's team supports the women's team fight.
"We support the fact that the women should fight for their rights and fight for what they think is just compensation. We, on the men's side have been fighting that battle for a long,long time," Howard said.
Many players are becoming very vocal about the wage discrimination and people from all around the world are in solidarity, including, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Landon Donovan.