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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement.
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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the two sides have agreed on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The deal comes a year after five high-profile members of the team filed a federal complaint in search of wage equality with their male colleagues.

“We are pleased to announce that U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S, grow the game of soccer worldwide, and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field,” U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (WNTPA) said in a joint statement. “We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”

While the agreement that runs through 2021 includes unspecified wage increases, the WNTPA secured something else that it hopes will be financially advantageous. The deal allows the players to have more control over their likeness for use with potential sponsorship deals in categories that don’t conflict with U.S. Soccer.

“We are excited to further strengthen the USWNTPA through our new revenue-generating opportunities and abilities,” defender Meghan Klingenberg said.

Under the new pact, the women’s team has agreed not to boycott the 2019 Women’s…

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