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USWNT's equal pay case dismissed, judge rules in favor of U.S

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U.S. Soccer scores victory in equal pay suit with women's team players

In that time, they've won two World Cup titles and become household names, something that the U.S. Men's National team can't say about itself.

A judge threw out the claim made by the United States women's national team that they were paid less than the men's team, and while this can be considered a win for U.S. Soccer, it's hard to see how anyone wins here.

While the female players' equal pay claims were dismissed, other aspects of their overall case - including claims that they did not receive equal treatment to the male players with regard to travel, training and accommodation - remain on the table, with the court ruling those claims can proceed to a trial on June 16.

Judge R. Gary Klausner on Friday ruled for U.S. Soccer's motion for summary judgment with regard to the Equal Pay Act, stating in his decision that the players "have not demonstrated a triable issue that WNT players are paid less than MNT players".

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team has been fighting for equal pay now for more than five years.

"Accordingly, plaintiffs can not now retroactively deem their CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement] worse than the MNT CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT's pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure", Klausner continued.

Players line up for a photo prior to the Women's World Cup final between the USA and The Netherlands in Décines, outside Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. "We're assured in our case and steadfast in our dedication to making sure that women and girls who play this sport won't be valued as lesser simply due to their gender".

The federation's reputation with fans is in the dumpster, perhaps even lower than when the men's team failed to qualify for the last World Cup.

In addition, the USSF has said spending in these areas has been equal since the women's union agreed to a new labor deal in 2017.

In dismissing the women's claim that they are paid less for the same work, Judge Klausner pointed to differences in the structure of the men's and women's contracts - contracts to which they agreed in collective bargaining.

USSF president Carlos Cordeiro later resigned following the uproar, with Rapinoe accusing the USSF of "blatant sexism" in its legal filings. Latham & Watkins took over as counsel and filed the reply transient.

The judge, in his ruling, said there was evidence that the women had turned down an offer to be paid along the lines of the men's team. "U.S. Soccer has always been the world leader for the women's game on and off the field, and we are committed to continuing that work to ensure our Women's National Team remains the best in the world and sets the standard for women's soccer".

Earlier Friday, the ladies requested that Parlow Cone be included.

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