United States Women’s National Team Plays Against Japan For Their Last Game of The SheBelieves Cup With a Partially Different Meaning. The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) took a step on the field with a different intention than merely winning the SheBelieves Cup. On March 8th, 2019 USWNT filed federal gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). On Monday, the latest legal filings from the case became visible to the public. USSF mentioned, “The job of a Men’s National Team player requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength than does the job of a Women’s National Team player.” This threw fans, players, and the media into an uproar.
As the women lined up before the game to sing the National Anthem, the USWNT had their warm-up jerseys inside out hiding the US Soccer crest, but left the four stars that represent their FIFA World Cup titles visible as a response to latest legal filings by USSF in the lawsuit which caused lots of talk on social media.
Looking at ISI Photos and saw that #USWNT players have all taken the field wearing their warm-up jerseys inside out, hiding the U.S. Soccer crest... but not the four stars.— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) March 11, 2020
Yeah, that feels intentional.
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The team didn’t just receive their third SheBelieves Cup championship and Olympic qualifying. They also received an apology from the president of their own federation regarding the ongoing wage discrimination lawsuit. U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro apologized for the language used in legal filings. Cordeiro stated, "On behalf of U.S. Soccer, I sincerely apologize for the offense and pain caused by language in this week's court filing, which did not reflect the values of our Federation or our tremendous admiration of our Women's National Team.” He then mentioned, "Our WNT players are incredibly talented and work tirelessly, as they have demonstrated time and again from their Olympic Gold medals to their World Cup titles."
The women do work hard and believe that they deserve equal pay as the U.S. Men’s National Team and as not everyone might support them, will continue to fight for what they believe. Their fans continue to stand behind them by filling stands and standing tall with posters cheering on the USWNT. If a settlement is not reached, the case will proceed to trial starting on May 5.
Through everything USWNT never fails to impress and inspire their fans. They claimed their third victory against Japan on Wednesday Night at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas with a sellout crowd of 19,096. Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press scored amazing first-half goals that were then later followed by a third goal from Lindsey Horan to give them the 3-1 victory.
Before the match fans were surprised to see some changes that the U.S. head coach, Viako Andonovski made to the starting lineup compared to the previous match against Spain, bringing in Adrianna Franch as a substitution for Alyssa Naeher. Some other changes included Christen Press slid into the middle up top with Megan Rapinoe on the outside left, Samantha Mewis was put in for Rose Lavelle, and Tierna Davidson was put in for Becky Sauerbrunn. The substitutions made throughout the match are as followed- Becky Sauerbrunn for Tierna Davidson (46’), Mallory Pugh for Megan Rapinoe (61’), Casey Short for Crystal Dunn (61’), Carli Lloyd for Christen Press (71’), Rose Lavelle for Sam Mewis (72’), and Lynn Williams for Tobin Heath (78’). With these six substitutions, USA tripled the amount that Japan made.
With everything taking place during a peak performance time for the team, they never fail to let anything get in their way as they are clearly still impacting fans not only in the United States but around the world with their greatest successes. The USWNT currently holds a 31-game unbeaten streak and qualifies for the Olympics with the win of the SheBelieves Cup. The U.S. Women’s National Team will next play in an International Friendly vs. Australia on April 10th at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
My name is Melissa (@itsss.melissa12) and I am a 16-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, California. I'm the editor-in-chief for our school newspaper. I am a goalkeeper for my high school team and for my club team. I've been playing soccer for about 11 years. When I'm not out on the field I love making Tik Toks (@itsss.melissa1201) and watching motocross!