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An Open Letter to US Soccer

Just some thoughts about how you run your organization and how you determine value. Simple stuff.

USWNT by Jamie Smed is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

An Open Letter to US Soccer


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Dear US Soccer,

Congratulations on your recent World Cup win! The women of the US Women’s National Team are heroes not only to all of us back home but to thousands of others around the globe. This team is something to be celebrated, and as they take in their moment of victory, I hope they can feel the rest of the country cheering for them, thankful they are the women who represented our colors so well.

On the flip side, my condolences on the recent defeat in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. I know that defeating Mexico is a big ask from your aging Men’s team, but still, not bad right? I mean, this is the same Men’s National Team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, is it not?

That’s got to be frustrating, huh? Backing the wrong horse on the world stage. I mean, the Men’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup, yet somehow still cost you almost three times as much? Yikes. Who is going to get fired for that mistake? That’s quite the mismanaging of finances.

I mean, let’s not talk salaries.

That’s ugly talk. How about accommodations? Travel? Oh… you spend more money on the Men’s team in that area as well. How much did those rooms in Russia cost you in 2018? Oh, that’s right. The Men’s team failed to qualify. What was the Econo-Lodge in Lyon charging for rooms ahead of the Women’s World Cup Final? Just wondering. I’m sure you know the answer.

I guess my question, US Soccer, is… who’s really worth extra money? It sounds like the Men’s team is a bottomless pit that doesn’t produce results, while the Women bring in more money in profits than their counterparts?

So the women bring in the cash, and you hand it to the underperforming Men’s team? I guess I’m still confused by any kind of logical explanation for why you would even consider doing that, aside from the fact that you are doing exactly that.

When I went to your website to even see if I could identify any players on the Men’s squad not named Jozy Altidore, I was surprised by the taglines you have given your squads.

Underneath the Women’s team reads: 2019 World Cup Champions

Underneath the Men’s team reads: The Future Is Us

GIVE. ME. A. BREAK.

The past is the US Men’s team. The present is the US Women’s National Team. The Future is the US Women’s National Team.

Get with it, US Soccer. If your tagline is going to be “One Nation. One Team” then it’s about time you realize that the only team we care about is the Women’s National Team.

Why? Because they, at the very least, show up on the World stage.

Look, I know that there are a lot of nuances to this whole thing and that soccer on the world stage is far different from professional soccer here in the states. Sure. But this is the public narrative that U.S. Soccer has to go against, and that’s an impossible mountain to climb.

So maybe it’s time to stop fighting and do the right thing.

#EqualPay #FlipTheNumbers

Regards,

The Average American Soccer Fan

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