While Serena Williams doesn’t follow soccer, the U.S. women’s national team caught her attention Friday with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay. The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with men’s national team counterparts.At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, Williams praised the players who came before her to fight for equal prize money in tennis. “I think at some point, in every sport, you have to have those pioneers, and maybe it’s the time for soccer,” she said. “I’m playing because someone else stood up, and so what they are doing right now is hopefully for the future of women’s soccer.” The 28 members of the women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The USSF has not commented on the suit. “We believe it is our … [Read more...] about U.S. women soccer players are supported
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Soccer Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJacqueline Williams July 17, 2018 SYDNEY, Australia — Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion and the world’s fastest man, could soon fulfill his dream of becoming a professional soccer player after reaching a deal with Australia’s smallest team, an agent said Tuesday. Bolt, 31, will participate in a six-week trial starting next month with the Central Coast Mariners, a club outside Sydney. If all goes well, the Jamaican track star is expected to start a season-long deal with the Mariners in October. “After 12 weeks of to-ing and fro-ing we’ve got a club, we’ve got a commercial agreement, we just need our football federation to come to the party and we’ve got a deal,” said Tony Rallis, the sports agent who facilitated the deal. Australia’s A-League has longed … [Read more...] about Usain Bolt, World’s Fastest Man, to Try Out for Australian Soccer Club
By Jonathan Clegg Jonathan Clegg The Wall Street Journal BiographyJonathan Clegg @CleggJon [email protected] July 10, 2018 11:29 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Moscow The biggest surprise of the 2018 World Cup is no longer in question. The England national soccer team is still here, four weeks into the tournament and just one victory from the final. For anyone who has watched international soccer in the past half-century or so, England’s presence in the final four makes for a jarring sight, like the guy in the gorilla suit winning the marathon. But what’s truly flabbergasting about England’s sudden emergence as a World Cup contender may be this: The Three Lions might be only getting started. With a squad that is the third-youngest at the World Cup, a core of star players heading into their primes, and a recently unrivaled record of success in international youth soccer, people inside the game are starting to see similarities between England’s showing … [Read more...] about How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA
Monday July 2, 2018 02:45 PM Having a baby is even more important than playing in the World Cup for some Written by By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Having a baby is even more important than playing in the World Cup for some. Three dads-to-be have made trips home from Russia to welcome a child, with the blessing of coaches and teammates. On Tuesday, Fabian Delph will likely miss England's match against Colombia in the round of 16 while awaiting the birth of his third child. "Some things in life are more important than football," England coach Gareth Southgate said Monday. "His focus needs to be with his family at this time." Southgate echoed a view of parenting that runs through the World Cup. Switzerland forward Breel Embolo is preparing to face Sweden on Tuesday after dashing home within hours of a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica last week. The 21-year-old Embolo saw his daughter born and described it as "the most beautiful 24 hours" of his life. The … [Read more...] about World Cup players juggle national team and fatherhood