Meghan Klingenberg was quite happy an agreement was reached. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
A deal was reached between U.S. Soccer and the U.S. women’s national team, both sides announced Wednesday morning.
The multi-year agreement settled a dispute in which the women had sought equitable wages to the men’s national team.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement is through 2021, which will include the FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
The exact financial terms were not disclosed.
”We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward,” U.S. Soccer and the players’ association said in a joint statement.
The U.S. women will host Russia in a pair of friendlies in Texas — in Frisco Thursday and Russia in Houston Sunday and prior to the start of National Women’s Soccer League season April 15.
The deal was ratified by the players and the federation’s board Tuesday. The team had been playing under a memorandum of understanding that expired Dec. 31.
“I’m proud of the tireless work that the players and our bargaining team put in to promote the game and ensure a bright future for American players,” player representative and U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg said in a statement. “We are excited to further strengthen the USWNTPA through our new revenue generating opportunities and abilities.”
U.S. captain Carli Lloyd, the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, tweeted:
Happy an agreement has been reached.