USWNT players will receive win bonuses despite abandoned friendly

Monday June 6th, 2016

The U.S. women’s national team players will receive their win bonus for Sunday’s rain-shortened 2-0 victory against Japan regardless of whether FIFA declares it an official game, a U.S. Soccer spokesperson tells

The match in Cleveland was abandoned in the 76th minute due to lightning and heavy rain. U.S. Soccer is still awaiting word from FIFA on whether the game will count in the historical record, but even if it doesn’t each U.S. player will receive her $1,350 bonus for the victory.

Per the USWNT’s current collective bargaining agreement, the players only receive a bonus if they win a game, but not if they lose or tie (making last Thursday's concession of a last-gasp equalizer to 10-woman Japan even more painful). Per the U.S. men’s players’ CBA with U.S. Soccer, each player receives $5,000 for a loss in a friendly but as much as $17,625 for a win against a top opponent.

The CBA between the U.S. women’s team and U.S. Soccer concludes at the end of the 2016 calendar year, a Chicago court ruled last week. The two sides are hoping to reach an agreement on a new CBA starting in 2017 against the backdrop of a complaint filed by five U.S. players with the EEOC alleging wage-discrimination by U.S. Soccer in comparison to the U.S. men’s players.

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