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Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, the Times’ soccer writer.
Today is Equal Pay Day, a symbolic event dedicated to raising awareness about the gender pay gap. And the women’s national team, which is taking its federation to court to raise awareness of that gap in U.S. soccer, moved a big step closer to equality in one measurement when a corporate sponsor promised to make up the difference between World Cup bonuses paid to men’s and women’s players.
LUNA Bar, a nutrition bar marketed to women, said Tuesday it will give each of the 23 players on the U.S. team this summer $31,250, which the women say is the difference between bonuses paid by the federation to players on the men’s and women’s World Cup rosters.
“Unfortunately U.S. Soccer hasn’t closed that gap,” said forward Megan Rapinoe, who hopes to play in her third World Cup this summer in France. “But the market is there. The appetite is there.”
“They believe in us,” she continued, pointing to corporate sponsors such as LUNA Bar and Adidas, who announced last month that the bonuses it will pay Adidas-sponsored players on the winning team in the Women’s World Cup will be equal to what it paid players on France’s world championship men’s team last year. “They believe in the bigger fight.”
The 28 players in the national team pool filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles last month saying U.S. Soccer slights the women in pay, bonuses and per diems as well as travel and other accommodations.
The federation has pushed back claiming – correctly – that U.S. Soccer has spent millions of dollars to subsidize the National Women’s Soccer League, pay the guaranteed club salaries for national team players and provide insurance and other benefits it doesn’t offer the men.
Now Congress is involved, with 34 senators — including Californians Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris — last week sending a letter to U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro urging him to address the issue of pay disparity.
Cordeiro has already pledged to do that in his own letter, writing that he is “committed to working with our USWNT players and understanding specifically where they believe improvement is needed.”
Meanwhile other countries are making progress of their own. Last week Canada Soccer reached a two-year compensation agreement with its women’s team that general secretary Peter Montopoli says will subsidize the club salaries of select players and pay per diems equal to that given the men’s team. And last year, after the men’s players transferred some of their money to the women’s program, Norway’s federation agreed to equal pay for both national teams.
(It should be noted the teams aren’t really equal. The Norwegian men, who have won just one World Cup game since World War II, are ranked 48th in the world by FIFA while the women, who have won world and Olympic championships, are 12th.)
“As the game progresses internationally, everybody wins. That’s the cool thing,” said U.S. forward Alex Morgan. “There has been a lot of development in European soccer on the women’s side. And that’s fantastic for us. We take pride in pushing things forward.
“This country and this team have always been looked at as a leader in what we’re doing for women and girls. And it will continue to be that way.”
Is Canadian soccer putting hockey on ice?
Hockey and soccer are pretty similar when it comes to the objectives of the games but you wouldn’t know that from looking at the success Canada has had with the two sports. Many of the best hockey players in the world come from the Great White North while the country’s men’s soccer team has mostly been an afterthought — if that.
Canada has played in one World Cup, losing all three games and failing to score a goal in 1986. And it’s made it past the group stage in the CONCACAF Gold Cup just once in the last four tournaments.
But LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye, who helped Canada qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup with a 4-1 win over French Guiana last month, said the country’s soccer fortunes are looking up.
“We’re going in the right direction,” said Kaye, a Toronto native who has seven caps with Canada. “There’s been a lot of turnover within the CFA. So it’s been hard to create a consistency from top to bottom. But I think now with John Herdman as our head coach and the staff he has underneath him, there’s a real sense of where we want to be as a country and as a team going forward.
“Even this Gold Cup, we’re going there to win it. I think in other years it’s been ‘OK, let’s get out of our group and see how it goes from there.’ But we have a real sense of urgency to do well.”
Herdman, a Brit, guided the Canadian women’s team to a gold medal in the Pan Am Games, bronze medals in the last two Olympics and to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, to which Canada played host. And since moving the men’s side he’s won all five games he’s managed, with his team outscoring opponents 19-2.
The young talent pool Herdman can draw on may be the deepest in Canada’s history, including teenage midfielder Alphonso Davies, who plays for Bayern Munich; 19-year-old forward Jonathan David of Belgium’s Gent, who has four goals in as many international games; and forward Lucas Cavallini, 26, who plays in Mexico with Puebla.
Yet Canada is ranked 79th in the world, five spots behind the Cape Verde Island and two places ahead of Curacao
“We haven’t really gotten the respect that we deserve yet. And that’s fair,” said Kaye, 24. “You need to beat top-tier opponents in order to get that.”
Canada will get that chance this fall in the Nations League, where it has been drawn into a three-team group with the U.S. and Cuba, meaning it will get a home-and-home series with the Americans, a team Canada has played just once since 2013.
“We always want to test ourselves against top opponents. The fact that we’re in the group with the U.S. is good. It’s right there,” Kaye said. “There’s no excuses anymore.”
If they succeed, Kaye said that will accelerate a trend that could have soccer challenging hockey for sporting supremacy in Canada.
“I think it already has,” said Kaye, who admits he was a poor skater as a kid despite the fact the skill was mandatory in winter gym class. “It depends on what you’re grading it on. If you’re grading it on world power, then obviously hockey is going to win. But I think when it comes to the amount of kids playing the sport, soccer has already passed hockey in that sense.
“It’s cheaper. It’s easy to set up. It’s easier on the parents. Hockey was more of a rich players sport when I was growing up. All my friends played hockey because they had money. I didn’t have money.”
Viva Mexico (and its Argentine coach)
The Tata Martino era in Mexico is off to a far more successful start than even the coach anticipated, with El Tri rolling to impressive exhibition wins over Chile and Paraguay last month in California.
And just think how good they’ll be when Martino calls up Carlos Vela, who scored three goals for LAFC in Saturday’s 5-0 rout of San Jose, giving him an MLS-best six in five games this season.
(Watch Vela’s first MLS hat trick here.)
More important than the wins, though, is the fact the Argentine coach and his staff got to use 27 of the 28 players on their roster — only third-choice goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez didn’t get into a game – and made noticeable progress implementing their complicated
Auxerre (France) (AFP) – In a heavyweight warm-up match for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, hosts France take on Japan, champions in 2011 and losing finalists four years ago, in Auxerre on Thursday.
After playing Japan, France face Denmark in Strasbourg on Monday. Coach Corinne Diacre said the opponents were chosen because “they have styles similar” to Norway and South Korea, two of the teams France will face in their group. Nigeria are the fourth team in the pool.
Japan are in a group with England, Scotland and Argentina.
France are ranked fourth in the world by FIFA. Japan are seventh.
Japan “are a big team, which is one of the best in women’s football,” said striker Eugenie Le Sommer.
“It will be a difficult match but it will allow us to take on the best to prepare ourselves for the World Cup.”
The Lyon star, who has scored 73 goals in 157 international appearances, missed France’s last match, a 1-0 loss to second-ranked Germany in March.
On her return, Le Sommer will face long-time Lyon team-mate Saki Kumagai, a defender who has won a century of caps.
Japan were surprise winners of the 2011 World Cup.
“It was a miracle,” that team’s captain Aya Miyama told the FIFA website on Monday.
Japan then took silver at the 2012 London Olympics and reached the World Cup final again in 2015 to confirm their place among the elite.
“World Cups are never easy,” Miyama said. “But this team has more confidence in themselves, and I think they have a really good chance to win.”
Nations must name a provisional squad of up to 50 players by April 26. That must be winnowed down to 23 at a later date that has not yet been fixed. France kick off the competition against South Korea on June 7 in Paris.