FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Cindy Parlow Cone, vice president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, attends a meeting of the organization's board of directors Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Chicago. Carlos Cordeiro resigned as the federation's president Thursday night, March 12, 2020, three days after the organization sparked a backlash when its legal papers in a gender discrimination lawsuit claimed the women's national team players had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts. His decision elevated former American midfielder Parlow Cone to become the first woman president in the history of the 107-year-old federation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

New Us Soccer Leadership: Settling Women's Lawsuit Priority

March 24, 2020 - 9:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The new president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation say settling a lawsuit filed by women's national team players is a priority.

“A lot of damage has been done,” president Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday during her first news conference since taking over when Carlos Cordeiro quit on March 12.

Will Wilson, a former MLS executive and the uncle of retired NFL quarterback Andrew Luck, was hired as chief executive officer Monday to replace Dan Flynn, who retired in September. Wilson said he was “shocked and disappointed” by the USSF's legal filings against the women.

Players claim they have not been paid equally to the men's national team and asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A trial is scheduled for May 5 in federal court in Los Angeles.

In legal papers, the USSF claimed the women's team didn't have the physical abilities or the same responsibilities as the men's team.

Parlow Cone, a World Cup and Olympic champion, said those assertions “hurt women and girls in general” and were “personally hurtful to me.”

Wilson said it was not clear whether the postponement of the Olympics would cause Nike and other sponsors to decrease payments to the USSF this year.

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