Saturday, November 26, 2022

US Soccer Hall of Fame praises equal pay agreement

Frisco, Texas. ( Associated Press) — Shannon Boxx, Christy Pierce Rampon and Linda Hamilton all celebrated this week’s historic equal pay agreement with U.S. Soccer as three women were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday.

“As the women’s national team, we have always known that we have a bigger responsibility than just winning games. The latest contract is a testament to the work done off the field by players past and present,” said Box. “As a black athlete, I felt a responsibility to every young black girl and boy who is sitting on the stands or watching TV.”

Clint Dempsey, Marco Echevery and Ace Bahrmast were also inducted into the Hall of Fame ceremony at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas.

American Football announced earlier this week that it had reached a collective bargaining agreement with both the men’s and women’s teams to equalize their pay going forward. Both the teams agreed to share the World Cup prize money.

“It’s a history lesson, a few days ago there was equality pay (compromise), but maybe some of you don’t really know where we started. When we won the World Cup in 1991, we made $15 a day Were. That was per day, no pay. No bonus. It was $15 a day,” Hamilton said. “So I think about it. And I think we weren’t winning for the money, obviously. But we wanted to be competitive.”

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Dempsey, three-time US Soccer Federation Player of the Year, tied with Landon Donovan for the US record of 57 international goals. Donovan played 141 matches for the national team from 2004–17. He played for New England (2004–06), Fulham (2017–12), Tottenham (2012–13) and Seattle (2013–18), and an 82nd-minute chip against Juventus helped Fulham to the 2010 Europa League quarter-finals. delivered in.

Dempsey cried thanking her parents for starting her career.

Dempsey said, “Anything is possible, because if you look at where I came from, I shouldn’t have done it and through the madness my parents were able to fight the odds.”

Former U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo was voted this year’s class, but announced last month that she would be suspended for a year while attending an inpatient treatment program following her arrest on DWI charges in late March. Will delay your admission.

Boxx was a midfielder who scored 27 goals in 195 international matches From 2003-15 onwards. She is one of three women to have played in all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association and women’s professional football and the first three seasons of the National Women’s Soccer League.

A defender, Rampon won three Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles in a career spanning three decades. She was originally voted into the Hall of Fame last year, but stopped inducting her until this season in response to a string of scandals in the NWSL.

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“All I can really say is that I was surrounded by powerful women who knew we had to make sacrifices in order to have more opportunities for generations to come,” Rampon said. “To see the growth of the team over the years and the opportunities available to the younger generation is truly one of the most fulfilling parts of the journey.”

Hamilton, selected by veteran ballot, was part of the US Championship team at the 1991 Women’s World Cup and made 71 international appearances from 1987–95.

Etchevery, also selected by veteran ballot, was a three-time Major League Soccer champion with DC United from 1996–2003 and was voted as league MVP in 1998. He scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for Bolivia from 1989–2003.

Bahrmast, selected by builder ballot, was in the 1998 World Cup as MLS referee and umpiring games between Spain and Nigeria and Brazil–Norway.

Dempsey received 97.9% from the Player Voting Committee, followed by Boxx with 91.7%, Solo at 81.3%.


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