US Soccer’s Parlow Cone wants end to USWNT suit before trial

US Soccer’s Parlow Cone wants end to USWNT suit before trial
Cindy Parlow Cone, the new president of the US Soccer Federation (US Soccer), has said resolving the equal pay lawsuit with the US women’s national team (USWNT) before the scheduled 5th May trial is one of the national governing body’s “top priorities”.

Parlow Cone replaced Carlos Cordeiro as president earlier this month after he resigned with immediate effect following US Soccer’s filing of controversial legal documents. The documents claimed that playing for the US men’s national team carries ‘more responsibility’ and requires ‘a higher level of skill’ than representing the female equivalent.

Now the new president is looking for an amicable out-of-court solution to the legal wrangling, which includes USWNT players seeking more than US$66 million in damages.

“That’s one of our top priorities right now,” Parlow Cone said. “I don't think a trial is good for either party or for soccer in this country or internationally. I'm hopeful we can find a resolution before this goes to trial.”

The 41-year-old, a FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medallist with the USWNT, added that US Soccer’s recent legal filing was “personally hurtful to me” and made her “very angry”.

“It's one thing to argue that men and women play in different tournaments, it's very different to argue women have less ability or less responsibility,” she continued.

Regarding a timeline for finding a resolution to the lawsuit, Parlow Cone said that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had made face-to-face discussions impossible for the moment. However, she remained optimistic a conference call with players could be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Parlow Cone was speaking earlier this week while unveiling Will Wilson as US Soccer’s new chief executive and secretary general.

Speaking alongside Parlow Cone, Wilson, a former Wasserman, Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) executive, reiterated the desire for the governing body to settle the long-running lawsuit with USWNT before trial.

"It’s a priority and finding a solution would be the best way to go forward,” he said.

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