Goal reached: U.S. women's soccer team gets new contract

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Goal reached: U.S. women's soccer team gets new contract

The team faces Russian Federation again on Sunday in Houston.

The deal came a week after the US women's hockey team reached a four-year agreement with USA Hockey to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championship.

"I am incredibly proud of this team and the commitment we have shown through this entire process", USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe 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", U.S. Soccer said in a statement. Sauerbrunn noted that was because the salary structure the women's players were seeking from U.S. Soccer-including payment for their club play, which the men don't receive from the federation-was fundamentally different from the men's structure.

It also comes after the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team won a historic victory for women's sports.

One of the five players, Manchester City's Carli Lloyd, tweeted on Wednesday: "Happy an agreement has been reached". It's unclear what that means for a player like Crystal Dunn, who has a contract with Chelsea in England through 2018. Substandard conditions have drawn national attention in the past, including a year ago when goalkeeper Hope Solo wrote about unacceptable conditions in the league and in 2015, when Morgan tweeted about bed bugs in hotels for road trips. At the same time that the USWNT was announcing their new CBA, the Irish national soccer team went on strike - and while doing so revealed the conditions in which they've been working, which include changing in toilets for games and having to share tracksuits with the junior national program.

The memorandum of understanding between U.S. Soccer and USWNTPA was struck in March 2013. The NWSL is also expected to more than double its minimum salary to about $15,000. It's kind of absurd, when you think about it, given that the women's soccer team is very good. USA defender Meghan Klingenberg credited the players' "tireless work" to "ensure a bright future for American players".

The final breakthroughs came last weekend in Dallas, when as many as 16 players in Texas for a pair of exhibition matches took part in two days of marathon discussions with Gulati and other U.S. Soccer representatives. After the United States won the Women's World Cup in 2015 in what became the richest year in the team's history, a group of players fueled by simmering resentments - artificial-turf fields, coach-class travel, unequal per-diem payments from the men's team - demanded that their union fight to win the richer contracts they felt they had earned.

"I'm proud of the tireless work that the players and our bargaining team put in to promote the game and ensure a bright future for American players".

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