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FUEL Soccer Talk: Women want equal footing; Declan declares he’s English; Kreis named coach of U-23

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Defending the U.S. Women’s case for equal pay

Maggie Mertens, in her culture column in The Atlantic, makes a good case for the women’s case that they deserve equal pay. In a new lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, female athletes contend that they earn a fraction of what their less successful male counterparts make.

The one thing that can’t be denied is that the women have been more successful than the men. It’s not even close when it comes to wins, loses, championships and accolades. The women have won three World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals. So let’s get that out of the way right from the opening kick.

According to the lawsuit, from 2013 through 2016, women’s national-team players could earn a maximum of $4,950 per “friendly,” or non-tournament, game that they won, while men’s national-team players earned an average of $13,166 for the same thing.

The lawsuit also alleges that the USSF has allocated fewer resources to promoting women’s games than men’s games, including not announcing games early enough to allow for larger crowds.

U.S. Soccer Federation president, Carlos Cordeiro, released a statement on March 15: “[We] agreed to a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement (in 2017) with the Women’s National Team, which included a contract structure that the players specifically requested to provide them with a guaranteed salary and benefits.”

The U.S. women’s national team is headed to France in June to compete in the World Cup. Mertens correctly says that if the women win it all again, the federation will have even a more difficult time justifying the pay disparity.

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Declan Rice: “I am English, I am from England”

Declan Rice is making headlines and not just for his soccer abilities. Rice is one of the best young players in the world with superstar qualities. The West Ham midfielder has been the topic of much discussion across the pond since his decision to leave Ireland to play for England on the international stage.

However, Rice has now spoken publicly about the decision to declare for England.

When asked what it felt like hearing he’d been selected for Gareth Southgate’s squad Rice said:

“You can’t describe it. A straight smile. You just couldn’t believe it.” Rice told England’s official Twitter channel. “I was ill the day last week that the squad got announced and my dad came home and you know, we were watching the TV and it came up that I was in the squad, and that feeling, bursting with pride. It’s everything that you’ve wanted to work for as a kid and it’s come true.”

When asked about the tough decision he had to make with regards his international future, Rice claimed he enjoyed playing for Ireland but ultimately choosing to represent England best suited his career.

“It was a really tough decision.” said Rice. “I think everyone knows my situation with the Republic of Ireland. I’ve played there in the youth set-up but I had to make a decision that was best for me. “As you can hear, I am English, I am from England and it was really good playing for Ireland. Now I’m just looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.”

What do you make of Declan’s switch to the England team?

Kreis named new head coach of U-23 men’s team

U.S. Soccer has hired Jason Kreis as the head coach of the U-23 United States Men’s National Team. Kreis’ first match in charge of the team will be March 22 against Egypt in a friendly. The USA will then face the Netherlands on March 24. Kreis will guide the U-23 USMNT through the 2019 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (October). The tournament’s top two teams will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Kreis was in charge of Real Salt Lake from 2007-2013, guiding RSL to the playoffs every year from 2008-2013, winning its only MLS Cup in 2009.

Kreis was a brilliant player, joining MLS in 1996 after three years playing in the U.S. lower divisions. From 1996-2007, he played for Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and scored 91 goals in 247 appearances. He added another 17 goals in 58 appearances, for Salt Lake, from 2005-2007. Kreis also earned 14 USMNT caps (from 1996-2000).

Is Jason Kreis the right person to lead the U-23 team?


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