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U.S. women’s soccer, hockey teams find common bond in fight for equality

Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier for The Equalizer

CARSON, Calif. — In the landscape of professional women’s sport, equality, respect and the opportunity to earn a living wage is a seemingly never-ending fight.

The two-time defending World Cup champion United States women’s soccer team players are at the forefront of a legal battle with U.S. Soccer to earn equal pay — and they aren’t alone. The United States women’s hockey team is also in a fight to find a solution that can help grow the sport in North America for the next generation. It has created a bond between the two teams that goes beyond just the common flag on their jerseys.

“They provided us with a lot of advice,” U.S. hockey team captain Kendall Coyne Schofield told The Equalizer. “Whether it was the details of what we were asking for or if it was just, ‘stay strong, it’s very challenging, you got this, remain united.’ There was a lot, but just to have their voice and to have them a phone call away if we ever needed anything was incredible. We still have that relationship with them today.”

This past week, both teams found themselves in the same place at the same time — a rarity in the hectic world of international sports.

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