It appears that Joe Biden has threatened the U.S. Soccer federation (USSF) with a lack of funding towards hosting the 2026 World Cup in response to the USWNT losing their equal pay lawsuit.
A judge favored the U.S. Soccer Federation in a summary judgment, saying that the USWNT’s claim that they were being paid less than the USMNT was insufficient to warrant a trial.
Biden, the presumptive democratic candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, sent out a tweet on Saturday saying the following as he supports the USWNT in their battle against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with the USMNT.
“To the USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To U.S. Soccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”
The summary judgement against the USWNT decision was a huge shock and the public response since proves just how popular their request of equal pay had become in the public, and now political, domain.
Biden lending his support to the USWNT will be a huge boost as they aim to continue their fight.
USWNT players who filed the lawsuit were asking for $66 million in damages from USSF. The judge also ruled against the USWNT lawsuit when it came to their claim about playing on artificial turf rather than grass but is yet to rule on their complaints regarding travel and player care not being on an equal level to the USMNT.
USWNT spokeswoman Molly Levinson said the women will immediately appeal the decision and stars from the USWNT have reacted to the dismissal of their equal pay lawsuit from a judge, as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger have all released statements to go along with the USWNT spokeswoman who said they are ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the summary judgement.
Biden attended the USWNT’s 2015 World Cup final victory in Vancouver and also visited the USMNT in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup and has spoken about soccer numerous times over the years. His strong stance on this subject matter follows on from several of U.S. Soccer’s biggest sponsors who have called for action on equal pay from the governing body.
The U.S. women’s national team will have a Presidential delegation supporting them in Sunday’s World Cup final against Japan in Vancouver.
Vice President Joe Biden and his crew will be in town.
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Announced late on Thursday, Biden and his wife Jill will be travelling to BC Place to watch the USWNT fight it out with Japan for their third World Cup trophy.
Joining their delegation will be former U.S. women’s and men’s national team stars Cobi Jones and Mia Hamm, plus other leading politicians.
Speaking about their trip to Canada to cheer on the U.S., this is what the Bidens had to say.
“We’re honored to be part of the Women’s World Cup Final. The team is a source of pride and unity, and we can’t wait to see them represent the United States on the world stage.”
The VP has been outspoken about his love for soccer in the past, and he visited the USMNT’s locker room during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in.
Hopefully he will be hoisting the World Cup trophy on Sunday when he visits the locker room of U.S. national team this time around.
The last time we heard from “Joe Biden” and “Soccer” in the same sentences, he was declaring that the U.S. was “coming to play” and that he’d be there to watch.
And to prove that politicians sometimes follow up, Biden watched the USMNT dispatch Ghana 2-1 on Monday before bringing his family into the locker room to meet with DaMarcus Beasley, Tim Howard and company.
It’s a fun-enough watch, especially with good vibes still in the air from Monday night in Brazil.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry was known as “The Camel” in his days playing soccer for Yale. The long-striding runner preferred to play direct, would rather dribble than pass.
Vice president Joe Biden isn’t known for soccer at all, but he sure is known for being direct as well. For example, he’s not tip-toeing around the issue of how the USMNT can fare at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Well maybe not this specifically this summer’s World Cup. The vagueness is still a thing there.
From the AFP:
“When it comes to soccer, America is coming on,” Biden said.
“It’s not historically been our game… but 25 million people in the United States play soccer, 80 percent of them are young people who will be players and fans for years to come.
“The world should know, we’re coming ready to play.”
The two American politicians were on scene Monday for the World Cup trophy’s first stop in the US as “part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.” Biden also served as a walking commercial for attending the tournament.
From The Washington Post:
“You have to attend the World Cup to [understand] what it means. It’s the most unusual sporting event I’ve ever attended, and I’ve attended thousands. … It’s in the air, it’s a palpable sense of energy that I’ve never quite experienced. It’s the most consequential sporting event in the world. … We have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, the NBA Finals, March Madness, but my Lord, there is nothing quite like the World Cup.”
Politicians don’t generally strike a good tone when it comes to sports, and really what clear space do they have in most sports fans minds? But credit where it’s due: the U.S. has a former college soccer player in its highest ranks and a VP who knows how to stoke the fire for soccer.