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Hope Solo Among Five Female Soccer Players Filing Wage Complaint Against U.S. Soccer

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Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn are five members of the U.S. soccer team and World Cup champions who are lowering the boom on their federation and what they see as unfair wages.

“I think that we’ve proven our worth over the years,” Lloyd told Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today. “Just coming off of a [2015 Women’s] World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. And we want to continue to fight.”

As far as timing goes, things couldn’t get much better for the complaint. The U.S. women’s soccer team is definitely outpacing the men’s team in terms of popularity these days, and they’ve had more success on the field as well. The women believe that they’re bringing more money to the federation than they’re compensated for, and while the exact handling of the funding makes it impossible to know which team actually brings in more money, there are disparities. As Yahoo! Sports has it:

Indeed, the men’s team received more – a shared $2.5 million just for reaching the World Cup – than the women did for winning the entire thing ($1.8 million). A similar gap exists in all other bonuses as well – the men sometimes collect 10 times more for winning a friendly than the women do.

However, the issue is muddled by the fact that female players receive as much as $72,000 as an annual salary, and that’s before the often substantial bonuses. Male players receive no such baseline salary, but the fact remains that male top earners tend to out-perform females.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Solo said. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the USMNT get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

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