Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have revealed the women’s national team will launch an appeal against United States Soccer Federation after their equal pay claim was dismissed.
The women’s team, who won their fourth World Cup title last summer, demanded over $66m in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
But the players were dealt a major blow last week after US District Judge R Gary Klausner threw out the allegations and ruled they weren’t underpaid compared with the men’s team.
Both Rapinoe and Morgan took to Twitter and expressed their disappointment at the news, but they vowed that they would continue to fight on for equal pay.
“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay. We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender”
Speaking on Good Morning America, Orlando Pride striker Morgan confirmed that the US national team “will definitely be appealing” against the verdict.
“If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this. “She said.