FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, United States' Allie Long (20) blocks Mexico's Renae Cuellar (21) path to the goal during the second half of an international friendly soccer match, in Jacksonville, Fla. Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian have been included on the U.S. national team roster for the Women’s World Cup in France. All three were widely considered on the bubble for the 23-player roster announced Thursday, May 2, 2019, by coach Jill Ellis. The United States is the defending champion of soccer’s premier tournament, which starts on June 7. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

US Soccer files response to lawsuit filed by women's team

May 06, 2019 - 9:25 pm

The U.S. Soccer Federation has formally denied allegations of gender discrimination made by players of the U.S. women's national team.

Twenty-eight members of the current women's player pool filed the lawsuit March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men's national team.

The USSF filed its answer on Monday, about one month before the Women's World Cup. The USSF claims every decision made "with respect to the conduct alleged in the complaint was for legitimate business reasons and not for any discriminatory or other unlawful purpose."

The federation has maintained the differences in pay are the result of different collective bargaining agreements that establish distinct pay structures for the two teams. Those agreements are not public.

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