U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard says the U.S. men "understand and appreciate the fight" that their women's national team counterparts are taking on following Thursday morning's wage discrimination filing against U.S. Soccer to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“When anyone of any gender or any race feels as if they're being short-changed or they're not getting equal pay for the work that they're doing, I think they should fight for those rights,” Howard told SI Now's Maggie Gray. “Us on the men's side have certainly been fighting that battle on the sports landscape. Soccer players for a long time have not been paid very well or equally to our male counterparts in other sports. We understand and appreciate the fight that they are right now embarking on.”
Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an EEOC complaint on behalf of the full women's national team that accuses U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination in relation to the money the federation pays to the U.S. men’s national team. The complaint states that the USWNT is paid almost four times less than the USMNT, despite producing nearly $20 million in revenues for U.S. Soccer in 2015.
U.S. Soccer issued a response to the complaint and noted the organization's past efforts to promote women's soccer around the world.
Last month, U.S. Soccer sued the women’s national team players union over labor agreement dispute.
Catch Howard's full, wide-ranging interview on Friday's SI Now at 1 p.m. ET.