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U.S. Soccer files official response to USWNT wage discrimination complaint

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The U.S. Soccer vs. USWNT saga shows no signs of slowing down

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The United States Soccer Federation filed an official response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday regarding the U.S. women's national team's complaint of wage discrimination.

Back in March, five prominent USWNT players filed an official complaint with the EEOC on behalf of the team claiming that the USSF has built an unequal pay scheme for their team in comparison to the men's team.

The federation's official response claims that there is no evidence that their payment model is backed by a "discriminatory motive" or that they have violated any laws.

Within the letter the USSF sent to the EEOC through their lawyer firm, Latham & Watkins, is a declaration of no wrongdoing on their part.

"The suggestion that U.S. Soccer has been anything other than strongly supportive of the WNT is deeply disappointing and inaccurate," the statement said.

The statement went on to make it sound like the USSF were handing out charity to the women's team because other countries don't pay their teams as well.

"In short, U.S. Soccer believes that the WNT not only is the highest compensated women's national soccer team in the world, but its compensation from U.S. Soccer is comparable to (and in many cases better than) the compensation U.S. Soccer provides to the MNT."

It's clear to see that both sides are very far apart in their philosophies. We're likely going to hear much more about this saga in the months and possibly years to come.

For much a much more in-depth analysis of the whole wage discrimination complaint by the USWNT read Stephanie Yang's brilliant breakdown of the situation.