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- Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.
The United State Soccer Federation and members of the women’s national team reached an impasse Wednesday in their attempts to mediate the ongoing dispute over equal pay, with a spokesperson for the players saying they “eagerly look forward to a jury trial.”
Spokesperson Molly Levinson released the statement on behalf of the U.S. players after mediation ended Wednesday evening.
“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of USSF full of hope,” Levinson said in the statement. “Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the Federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior.
“It is clear that USSF, including its Board of Directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed. We want all of our fans, sponsors, peers around the world, and women everywhere to know we are undaunted and will eagerly look forward to a jury trial.”
U.S. Soccer said in a statement: “We have said numerous times that our goal is to find a resolution, and during mediation we had hoped we would be able to address the issues in a respectful manner and reach an agreement. Unfortunately, instead of allowing mediation to proceed in a considerate manner, plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach that follows months of presenting misleading information to the public in an effort to perpetuate