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Alex Morgan has said that the offer for equal pay by US Soccer for the men's and women's team might not be 'good enough' if it means they don't feel they're getting what they deserve.
Morgan has been one of the most vocal players when it comes to equal pay for the US Women's team, along with Megan Rapinoe.
This week it was announced that the president of the US Soccer Federation had written an open letter calling for the equal splitting of pay between its men and women players.
Whilst it's a positive step, not as far as the one the Irish FA have made in actually announcing equal pay, Morgan has questioned if it will work, saying it's 'not good enough' if they end up on less money or if it's not what they deserve.
"As a Players Association, we still need to chat about the statement given by U.S. Soccer, but any commitment to equal pay publicly is good.
"However, we need to look line by line at what they’re actually providing because if you have equal but it’s not even what we got before, or to the value that we are, then we still consider that to be not good enough.
"We will continue to work with U.S. Soccer moving forward looking towards equal and fair payment and treatment."
"Our Collective Bargaining Agreement does end at the end of this year, so we’re in active negotiations right now. We don’t want to start the new year without a new CBA in effect, so that’s the No. 1 priority of our PA, of our legal team.
"Looking at the statements, it’s difficult to say. We want to feel encouraged, and we want to be optimistic, but we have seen a lot of statements before.
"What we really want to do is see what we can do at the negotiation table, see those statements being put into action in those negotiations.
"Of course, we’re always hopeful, you have to continue to have hope.
"We’re seeing great things around the world, I think most recently with Ireland agreeing to equal pay for their female and male teams, so I think we’re moving in the right direction."
USSF's PR stunts and bargaining through the media will not bring us any closer to a fair agreement. In contrast, we are committed to bargaining in good faith to achieve equal pay and the safest working conditions possible. The proposal that USSF made recently to us does neither. https://t.co/lzchRa0hea— USWNT Players (@USWNTPlayers) September 15, 2021
The US Men's national team have previously shown support for their women counterparts, in the attempts to get equal pay, and it could affect their pay in the future.
These are positive steps for the women's team but it remains to be seen what comes of them.
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