Shirts, social media, and temporary tattoos; Those are some of the ways the United States women’s national team hopes to use the court of public opinion to get its way in a fight with the U.S. Soccer Federation.
It’s all in a fascinating New York Times article that sees USWNT star Megan Rapinoe taking hard shots across the line at USSF president Sunil Gulati.
“It’s quite frustrating to know that he’s making comments that he wants to get a deal done, but he hasn’t come to one meeting,” Rapinoe said of Gulati. “I’ve been to three meetings, flown six hours across the country and interrupted my rehab to come to New York, where he lives. And he can’t come to one meeting.”
This is going to stay messy until their is a new CBA. The USWNT obviously understands that it has a big responsibility as beacons of the sport to both:
A) Be at the Olympics, and not boycott
B) Not settle for treatment they deem is unacceptable.
The women’s team knows that it is coming off the records of a fiscal year that doesn’t come around often: a World Cup year for them that doesn’t include a major tournament for the men. With the Olympics this year, they’ll be able to keep the spotlight even after a record-shattering Copa America for the men.
The CBA discussions are probably going to be nasty, and have a chance to really soil progress for both the U.S. and American women’s soccer.