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USWNT Players' Complaint Exposes Pro Soccer's Massive Gender Wage Gap

Five members of the U.S. women's soccer team are filing a wage-discrimination complaint and demanding the same pay as their male counterparts.

By Matt Moreno | March 31, 2016

Not even a World Cup trophy can earn the U.S. women's soccer team the pay they say they deserve.

Five members of the U.S. women's soccer team are filing a wage-discrimination complaint against U.S. soccer seeking equal pay as their male counterparts.

"We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer and get paid for it. In this day and age, it's about equality. It's about equal rights. It's about equal pay," goalkeeper Hope Solo said.

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The five players include Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Becky Sauerbrunn.

From atrocious turf to downright unplayable fields, the U.S. women's soccer team says it's had a tough time getting the same respect as men.

For example, NBC reports players on the U.S. Women's National Team earn a $30,000 roster bonus if they make it to the World Cup. The men? A $68,750 bonus.

In the MLS, the U.S. men's soccer league, the minimum salary for players is $60,000 a year. For women, it's below the poverty line — sitting at a mere $6,800.

Much of the money players earn comes from endorsement deals. Morgan reportedly makes an estimated $1 million or more off her endorsements with Coca-Cola, Panasonic and others.

The U.S. Soccer Federation released a statement on the complaint, saying: "We're disappointed about this action. We've been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we've made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."

This video includes clips from Fox Sports and Coca-Cola Co. and images from Getty Images.

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