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Star Spangled Stories: Equal pay heads to Congress

Also, a look at the potential U-23 Olympic roster, and top clubs keeping Pulisic situation “on alert.”

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Good morning, soccer people! It’s a Champions League day! Here are some quick news stories & other updates to get you caught up on all things US Soccer.

Bill to guarantee USWNT ‘fair and equitable wages’
The Give Our Athletes Level Salaries (GOALS) Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. The bill threatens to cut funding for the 2026 World Cup until the USWNT is paid equitable wages with the men’s team.

ManU, Liverpool, & Bayern “on alert to chase” Pulisic
...whatever that means. You have to take stories like this with a grain of salt, obviously. But this whole story is notable as Christian Pulisic struggles for playing time at Chelsea. The Daily Mail says Manchester United, Liverpool FC, & Bayern Munich are all keeping tabs on the situation. They’re probably all just reading twitter like the rest of us.

Busio, Paredes named among world’s top young players
Sporting KC’s Gianluca Busio & DC United’s Kevin Paredes are named on the world’s top young players list from a Swiss research group. They’re just the MLS bunch, but Sergiño Dest, Giovanni Reyna, & Yunus Musah are on it as well. Plus Canada has Alphonso Davies & Jonathan David featured.

USWNT will play Sweden for April away friendly
The United States Women are going to Stockholm for a friendly on April 10th. They’re also trying to finalize a second match on the 13th.

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Forward Movement for USMNT’s Striker Pool
With more young players scoring goals at their clubs, the depth chart at center forward for the USMNT is finally a fun topic.

Callender to replace Klinsmann in U-23 training camp
Jonathan Klinsmann has entered into concussion protocol after an injury in training ahead of Concacaf’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, so Drake Callender takes his place.

CONCACAF website lists a roster for US U-23’s Olympic Qualifying
No official announcement from US Soccer yet, but the Concacaf website has added a roster for the USMNT U-23 squad.

U-23s “embracing the pressure” as roster cuts loom
The players are fighting for the chance at a gold medal during a lengthy pre-tournament camp.

US Soccer partnership hopes to transform career trajectory of women
They’ve partnered with Break Through Tech in Chicago to improve access to valuable internships.

“I admire LeBron” Adams backs NBA star after Zlatan criticism
Tyler Adams says he admires LeBron James for his commitment to the community after the NBA star took some heat from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Paywall: Challenge Accepted: The Story of Weston McKennie
This is an in-depth piece on Weston McKennie from Paul Tenorio at The Athletic.