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Hope Solo Claims The United States Women's Team Needs To Make 'Sacrifice' In Equal Pay Battle

Hope Solo Claims The United States Women's Team Needs To Make 'Sacrifice' In Equal Pay Battle

World Cup winner Hope Solo has insisted that the US women's national team must make a 'sacrifice' in their continued battle for equal pay.

The women's team were dealt a swift blow in their equal pay battle last May when their lawsuit against US Soccer was dismissed, with an appeal filed against the decision.

The US national team, who won their fourth World Cup title in 2019, had been seeking £52.8m ($66m) in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

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Solo, who won the World Cup with the US in 2015, has urged that the fight for equal pay has to move beyond 'tweeting or speaking on the microphone.'

The 39-year-old American told The Players podcast: "Anybody can speak on the microphone or wear a shirt or tweet something out, but how do you actually get things done?

"We have to stand up together and be strong together and make sacrifices and that hasn't been done yet."

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The team's lawsuit was filed in 2019 by 28 players on the women's national team, with US co-captains Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan championing the cause.

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Solo suggested that "work has to be put in" for the equal pay battle, saying that they need legal documents and push for meetings with politicians.

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"I believe that sacrifice has to be made and work has to be put in and when I say work I mean legal documents, meeting with politicians, Congress and the US Senate," the former US international explained.

"I'm not just talking about it anymore -- I'm tired of talking about it."

Solo enjoyed a fruitful playing career with her national team and won two Olympic gold medals alongside her World Cup medal for the US.

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The former Seattle Reign 'keeper also criticised the national team for "not doing enough" in the fight for equal pay, saying that a lot of the fight has been "empty words."

Solo added: "A question we must all ask ourselves is whether there is a line that you will not cross to stand up for what you believe in.

"You want to motivate and inspire people and sometimes that may take us across that line of comfort."

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