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US women owed more than apology after demeaning treatment

Oh no, U.S. Soccer. You don’t get off that easily.

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro’s apology to the U.S. women’s team for its sexist and demeaning treatment doesn’t cut it. Not when U.S. Soccer was all in for the misogyny, only “realizing” it was wrong after being called out by sponsors. 

“I have made it clear to our legal team that even as we debate facts and figures in the course of this case, we must do so with the utmost respect not only for our Women’s National Team players but for all female athletes around the world,” Cordeiro said Wednesday night.

Good. But where was this months ago?

Megan Rapinoe celebrates her first-half goal with teammates against Japan on Wednesday night.

As enraging as it was to see U.S. Soccer dismiss its four-time World Cup champions as inferior to male players and belittle their accomplishments in a court filing Monday, it also was not new. The federation made it clear long ago that that was going to be its argument, condescension the recurring theme in its depositions of players. 

Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan were asked how they’d fare against the German men’s team, the insinuation being that the U.S. women were good “for a bunch of girls.” Kelley O’Hara was asked about discrepancies in revenue and TV ratings between the men’s and women’s World Cups, as if the historical lack of support for and promotion of the women’s game hasn’t been a major factor in that.

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