Hope Solo discusses equal pay fight in GOOD Magazine

The Equalizer Staff December 28, 2016 68
Hope Solo is not involved in CBA negotiations. It is not stopping her from speaking out as the deadline looms. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Hope Solo is not involved in CBA negotiations. It is not stopping her from speaking out as the deadline looms. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Hope Solo’s suspension from the United States national team has her on the sidelines as the team’s collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer approaches a Saturday expiration. Being on the outside looking in at the negotiations has not stopped the World Cup winning goalkeeper from voicing her opinion. Wednesday, Solo penned an article for GOOD Magazine in which she discussed the CBA negotiations and the players’ claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleges wage discrimination by U.S. Soccer.

In the article Solo says, regarding the EEOC claim, “…it’s something I intend to go full force forward with.”

Other points of interest include Solo’s take on U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati’s role in the negotiations.

Federation President Sunil Gulati and U.S. Soccer are putting pressure on the players. I know that’s happening. I’ve seen many different CBA negotiations during my time on the team, and the federation’s approach has not changed one bit. Their strategy is to instill fear in the players—to divide and conquer us. I had a great relationship with Sunil, to be honest, and he would reach out to me often. But he’s also good at what he does, and he tries to get close to the players to smooth them over.

You can’t be friendly with Sunil and hope to push for change. True equality is not going to be given, it’s not going to be bargained for. We have to take it and stand fully for what we’ve earned.

She also referenced America’s position as a leader in what she hopes is a fight for equal pay for female soccer players and athletes around the world. She discussed the Olympic group match against Colombia that ended in a draw but of her opponents that day said: “…they’re not getting paid adequately. They barely get new boots to play in, they barely have enough soccer balls, they barely have fields to train on. How are they going to continue to grow at the same rate their men’s team is growing?”

We have to push for all of women’s sports, not just here in America. And that’s why the Americans have to fight first. We are the front-runners and if we can push for change, we can set a precedent that will lead other federations to follow suit.

Solo is suspended until late February and also had her U.S. Soccer contract terminated. In a recent interview with the Associated Press Solo said she believes her firing was a way to keep her away from the table during the current negotiations. The CBA expired Saturday night but will continue to be honored unless either side gives 60-days notice they intend to pull out and begin a work stoppage. As of last week neither side had done that.

  • Steglitz49

    Is anyone listening?

    • guest

      yes. to the sound of the prison cell closing.

    • rkmid71

      No.

      • Steglitz49

        Verily. Thank you.

    • HOFCToDi

      No.

  • NYRick

    As I’ve said in the past, she is going to be one who is going to have a very hard time leaving the stage. Even when the USSF basically closed the curtain on her back as she was still singing.

    • NYRick

      …and it’s fairly safe to say “who” the other is going to be.

      Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

      • NYprick

        carli is still a top scorer against top opponents who has now been moved to forward. alex is going to get better in lyon. your girl press is going to continue to be a washed up bench player. bye bye pressgang.

        • DNG

          “carli is still a top scorer against top opponents”

          Please name for me all of these top opponents Lloyd has scored against in the last year since she’s become a full-time forward.

          • anon

            she scored our goals against SUI if you consider tomatocan friendlies. she scored most of our OG games and her winning header should have stood against SWE in OG.

          • DNG

            That SUI team that showed up was missing players and got crushed in both matches. I don’t consider them a quality team. Lloyd scroed 2-3 quality goals in 2016 depending on how you view New Zealand. The other two came against France and the Netherlands.

          • HOFCToDi

            CP23 has not scored a quality goal since 08 June 2015.

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/62/55/34/eng_07_0608_usa-aus_fulltime.pdf

            SWE, GER, JPN, BRA, BRA, CAN, ENG, FRA, GER, JPN, JPN, FRA, SWE

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press
            2016 Rio Olympics
            12 Aug 2016
            USA 1 SWE 1
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

            Christen Press
            2016 Rio Olympics
            09 Aug 2016
            USA 2 COL 2
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • newsouth

            epic copy and paste

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is an epic international failure.

          • HOFCToDi

            Nominees Set for 2016 US Soccer Female Player of the Year

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/12/05/22/03/161205-wnt-nominees-set-for-2016-us-soccer-female-player-of-the-year

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
            TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            16 Jun 2015
            USA 1 NGA 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            30 Jun 2015
            USA 2 GER 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            05 Jul 2015
            USA 5 JPN 2
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            Women’s Football shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015

            fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2015/m=10/news=women-s-football-shortlists-for-fifa-ballon-d-or-2015-revealed-2719030.html

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            Nominees Set For 2015 US Soccer Female Player of the Year

            ussoccer.com/stories/2015/12/10/20/05/151210-wnt-nominees-set-for-2015-us-soccer-female-player-of-the-year

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            ROFLMAO!

          • Steglitz49

            Sweden should have won 1-0 in regulation with a competent crew and 2-1 in extra time with a competent crew.

            Carli took the freekicks away from Tobin. That cost the US mega.

        • guest

          carli is a top scorer in uswnt friendlies against tomato cans.

          • guest

            where she stays inside the other team’s six yard line the entire game.

          • guest

            but press isnt? ok

          • DNG

            No one said Press had a great year with the NT. My response was to a guest that was claiming Lloyd was a top scorer against top opponents which doesn’t reflect the statistics this past year. I’m not a big fan of Morgan but she was way better than Lloyd this year in that regard. Press didn’t see a lot of minutes against top teams and didn’t capitalize on her chances when she did get them and that’s on her. I still s
            She’s the better player than Lloyd overall who is nothing more than a poacher at this stage in her career.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is done with the USWNT. Better to invest the next four years on a 17 year old teenager than waste another four years on a 28 year old selfish shot hog.

          • HOFCToDi

            USWNT Career
            FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • Reality
          • DNG

            Press is a very good finisher. I need no convincing of her finishing skill. She’s not really an impact sub type of player though. She needs more time to get into matches. I’m really not a huge Morgan fan but just about any combination with Press would be better than any with Lloyd

          • Reality

            Press does best as a starter playing 90″ at CF which Morgan and Lloyd do all the time. She thrives on being used consistently which has been demonstrated by other coaches besides Ellis. It also would benefit her confidence which has been undermined by Ellis’s misuse of her.

            Despite this ill usage, this past year, Press became the fifth player in WNT history to score in double-figures in goals for three consecutive years. Mia Hamm (twice), Abby Wambach (twice), Tiffeny Milbrett, and Carli Lloyd also accomplished the feat.

            And Press scored a total of 21 goals between the USWNT and the NWSL compared to Lloyd with 22 and Morgan with 21 while playing significantly fewer minutes and starts with the NT than either of them.

            As for the inevitable protest that she doesn’t score against the best teams, that is obviously impossible if Ellis doesn’t play her in those games or else utilizes her as a sub for 15″.

            Press’s skill and technique when merged with the new talent arriving on the NT is the optimum combination for the future development of the team.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan has been signed by Lyon.

            As far as I know no other USWNT player has been signed — yet.

          • Steglitz49

            Remember Brasilia?

          • guest

            Press doesn’t come through when it counts. She never has, in all this time. She has never won anything of significance other than that Swedish cup. She has never had a memorable performance in a big game. You need to prove your worth as an impact player on the national team. You don’t get handed a starting job. She does better when a team is literally built around her, but that isn’t the national team. Cry me a river, Press Fans.

          • Reality

            Hi Press censor,

            They tried to build the NT around Wambach prior to the 2015 WC and that was a failure. Then after a fortuitous win without her, they concluded that Lloyd was the one to build a team around. The 2016 OG demonstrated that was a bad idea. In both these major events, Morgan was the designated CF and her performances were not memorable compared to the peak of her career back in 2011-2012. Now she is in Lyon trying to pick up skills that Press already possesses.

            Press is the best natural forward on the team and it’s about time for the NT to finally take full advantage of her skills.

          • Steglitz49

            Remember Alex’s goal against Germany in the SBC?

          • Steglitz49

            Don’t be too hard on the Swedish cup. Christen scored against her future team Tyresö in that final.

            The Swedish Cup with the Spanish and German Cups is the second oldest domestic Cup in WoSo. The FA women’s Cup is 10 years older.

          • Steglitz49

            2016 speaks against you.

          • HOFCToDi

            No one cares, dumbass.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to score a goal versus a FIFA Top 12 Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            Christen Press has yet to provide an assist versus a FIFA Top 12 Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

        • newsouth

          alex is old for a soccer player. learning curve is gone. it’s not like she is pugh. you will get same reduced pace downhill runner when she comes back from france. pay no attention to the stats. she will be playing in a 2 team league.

        • guest

          hopefully alex get’s better at lyon so she can become a top striker in the nwsl.

        • lol

          Jill is probably going to try to make Pugh a CF. otherwise if there is a marquee forward in 2019 it probably won’t be alex or press. it’ll be someone you have never heard of

          • HOFCToDi

            Based upon what?

            Mallory Pugh is a flank (attacking) midfielder for the Senior USWNT. Ashley Sanchez is a striker however Ashley Sanchez is scheme versatile.

        • HOFCToDi

          Ashley Sanchez is the future of the Senior USWNT. Christen Press has not only become irrelevant but also expendable.

          • Press Fan

            lmao Sanchez sucks. You are delusional

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press sucks, dumbass.

            Christen Press
            FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Goals – 1
            Assists – 0

            Christen Press
            Summer Olympic Games
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0

            Christen Press
            CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0

            Christen Press
            SheBelieves Cup
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0

          • Steglitz49

            Hwaht deed Sanchez do that we should remember her?

  • Paul Klee

    The only ones keeping her away from the table are the other members of the USWNTPA. Hope is a full voting member of the players association through at least next August.

    • Rufan

      The players have fired her pick/recommendation as the team’s lawyer.

      • rkmid71

        Players are buying time. Otherwise I would bet the USSF was prepared to give the 60 day notice given the lack of progress. If I was USSF I would also negotiate some add’l flexibility on player camp call ins in the interim — if JE is in anyway restricted by the current agm’t from doing what she would otherwise do to create the best team possible.

        • DNG

          I doubt the USSF or players wanted the strike to happen before SBC. After that’s concluded there could be a strike if no movement happens.

          • Steglitz49

            After the SBC the USSF can sit back and think of England.

  • Rufan

    “…She also referenced America’s position as a leader in what she hopes is a fight for equal pay for female soccer players and athletes around the world…”

    Fight for equal pay here in the league so that the younger player to your left in the photo above did not have to retire at age 27 and the player to your right does not have go to Australia every winter (no pun) to piece together a living.

    • guest

      it is very interesting the uswnt players have shown no interest in pay equality in the nwsl. you almost think it’s because it’s not in their self-interest.

    • Steglitz49

      In 2014-15 Jess Fishlock went to Frankfurt and helped them win the ladies Champions League. Now she is slumming it down under. Frolicking in the sun, on the beach with a barbie, seems to have its pull.

      Granted when you have won everything, what remains of your playing days?

  • Som Termanni

    Carlos Tevez signed with an SIPG team today for about $750,000/week, or more than 2.5 NWSL team annual salary caps/week.

    He makes more in a month than the total salary caps of all NWSL teams, with $110,000 to spare.

    If China ever remembers that women also play club soccer and most American pros get paid less in a year than most owners can afford to pay per week, accomplishing equal pay for American women and men will be a moot point.

    • DNG

      The China government is supporting the domestic clubs with state aid. I don’t think women’s teams are on their immediate agenda. They see the men’s club game as a worthwhile investment for the future and their economy. I don’t think WoSo pictures into the equation there since so far WoSo has not provided any returns at the club level outside of Portland.

      • Steglitz49

        Bini has done good work with their WNT.

    • Steglitz49

      Surprised?

  • Gary Diver

    Hard to believe that the old CBA will become the new CBA. Something will have to give down the road. After SBC, USWNT may not play another top 12 team throughout 2017. Unless something expected occurs, 2017 should be a forgettable year for USWNT. In fact, it could be a long snooze period. So European WoSo, NWSL, and NCAA hopefully will get an uplift in interest.

    Jill Ellis needs to announce her January camp roster very soon if it is to meet at the end of the first week in January as it has in the past. Has anybody heard anything?

    2016 had to be one of the weirdest years in WoSo. OG16 was not a great tournament and not one team looked like a great champion team and many of the OG matches were so-so at best. And according to FIFA, USWNT did not lose a single match throughout the whole year and in fact USWNT has lost only 2 matches in the past 2 years (first and last matches of 2015). You wouldn’t know it by all the long faces you see when USWNT is even mentioned. Even the loss to Sweden in OG16 QF was weird. Even-steven for 120 minutes (which is all FIFA counts) and losing in a penalty shootout, which is the cruelest way to lose an important tournament match. Even stranger is that during the deciding shootout, there was only one great save by a GK and that was made by Hope Solo.

    • Steglitz49

      OG-16 was the worst ever result for the USWNT ever. Worst. Ever.

      The Danish junior hockey team has just beaten the Czechs 3-2 Almost as remarkable if not more.

    • MyfootballIQ

      2016 is the beginning of the end of an era “USWNT dominant in women’s football world”, not because USWNT lost to Sweden in Olympics QF, but their YNT teams both u17/19 were badly outplayed by many teams in youth world cup. that indicates a lot in the USWNT future. yes, the senior team could still keep the top three spot in the world in the next couple of years, but not dominant it used to be…

      • mockmook

        I don’t think the U-XX teams being outplayed is anything new. But, it still worries me.

      • Gary Diver

        2017 could be a transition year for USWNT, but it is anybody’s guess what it is going to transition to.

        • Steglitz49

          A lot of ra-ra about how important the SBC is?

          Even cheaper WoSo. Provided that Alex does well in Lyon, more WNT and NWSL players will want to play in Europe, thereby flooding the market and lowering the earnings.

      • Steglitz49

        Some call 2000-2014 the Wilderness Years. They gave us the term “Veterans” as one of abuse and denigration, undeserving of a lady.

        The next couple of years does not take you to WC-19.