Seattle Sounders managed to finally win the MLS Cup, something which has eluded them for quite a while.
This was the first MLS Cup title for the club, although they have won several trophies like the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield in the last 10 years. However, not many affected the club to win the title especially in the campaign when long-serving coach SigiSchmid departed to be replaced by Brian Schmetzer. The 54-year-old was appointed in August 2016 and it did not look like Seattle Sounderswould in the campaign in a successful manner.
It has not been the case, as a penalty shootout victory over Toronto FC helped the club lift the title for the first time. It was one of the dullest finals in the MLS Cup history, as both teams failed to score in 120 minutes of action. It was also the first time such an event has occurred. Continue reading “Schmetzer Reflects on the First MLS Cup Victory for Seattle Sounders”
The United States Soccer Federation asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the dismissal of wage discrimination complains that was raised by the national women team.
The Soccer Federation was mentioned in the complaint filed in March this year by five female players of the national squad that won the World Cup.
The players complained that the earnings of the male counterpart of the national team were four times more than theirs. The USSF responded via a statement it sent to the Chicago office of the EEOC by Latham & Watkins, which is the law firm representing the federation. The statement read that there is no evidence that the body was acting with any sort of discriminatory motive or is in violation of the law.
The letter that was sent contained detailed financial information regarding the team’s compensation structure. The statement read:
“The suggestion that US Soccer has been anything other than strongly suporrtive of the WNT is deeply disappointing and inaccurate.”
The EEOC compliant came after the federation filed a lawsuit against the players’ union in an attempt to establish it has a contract with the soccer players association that was set to run till the 31st of December this year. On the other hand, the union maintains that the memorandum of understanding agreed to in March 2013 can be called off when dim fit. Continue reading “USA SOCCER ASKS EEOC FOR COMPLAINT DISMISSAL”