The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that it has offered the respective players’ unions for the U.S. women’s national team and the U.S. men’s side identical proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement.
In a statement, the USSF said that this was done with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s senior national teams under “a single collective bargaining agreement (CBA) structure.”
“This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew and share collectively in the opportunity that combined investment in the future of U.S. Soccer will deliver over the course of a new CBA,” the statement read.
The men’s union declined to comment on Tuesday’s announcement. While the women’s union also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, in response to Cone’s open letter, USWNTPA executive director Becca Roux said, “It is simply false that in past negotiations the Federation offered the Women’s National Team the ‘exact same contract.’