Action from all around US Soccer, let’s see what’s poppin’ in the homeland.
We got some controversial news from the Women’s side of things. The US Soccer Federation came out and said that the USWNT earns only 2.2 percent less than the men do. In fact, according to the USSF, in the last calendar year, the women brought in more revenue than the men did. According to the claim the players and women filed against the USSF, they earned nearly 25 percent less than their male counterparts did during the year.
However, the figures the USSF provided in response to these claims show that in the top 25 earning US players (14 of which are women), women have only earned 2.2 percent less in average compensation (a whopping $695,269). Eric Gleason, chief financial officer for the USSF, says that in the past eight years the “player-compensation-team-revenue-ratio” has never been greater for the men than the women. Okay, so this is all coming from the charges filed by Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn (how can you not respect that lineup?) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The USSF says it has not received a formal charge from the EEOC at this time. Grab your popcorn and spreadsheets, I’m sure this one will be dragged out for a bit.
In better taste, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn were nominated for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award in 2016! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 24. Voting is available online or via SMS (though watch out for those international rates). Check out the other nominees here!
Action from the men as well! The Christian Pulisic hype train is still rolling as he became the youngest player ever to score in the Bundesliga twice, his second coming this weekend in BVB’s away match at Stuttgart. Hold on to your bald eagle, according to Klinsmann he’s really making a case for himself to join the squad for the upcoming Copa America Centenario. Don’t tease us Jurgy!
More action from Germany, Fabrice “Fafa” Picault scored against Dusseldorf in St. Pauli’s match this weekend. A youth product of Cagliari, the 25-year-old has spent time playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the NASL, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Sparta Prague, and currently St. Pauli. He received his first call-up for the U-20s when he was 18 and has also played with the Haiti national team in friendlies. Keep an eye out no doubt.
In Germany, we remain. Alfredo Morales put a powerful header through the newly relegated Hannover this weekend. Only 12 caps for the national team but this 25-year-old could see some action this summer knowing our back line.
What?? Only three highlights? More from the Americans later.
Match week 7 in the MLS, and the surprises continue.
Philadelphia Union 2 NYCFC 0
I know, I know, it’s Philadelphia. But they are top of the league! Gotta show the City of Brotherly Love some romance. The first goal came in the 26th after a disgusting assist from Tranquillo Barnetta to Chris Pontius. That slight touch over the defender to create space is worth the watch. CJ Sapong gave the Union another just before halftime with a light touch on the Sebastien Le Toux cross/shot. Again, NYC FC winless in their last five. Patrick Viera what’s happening? Union atop the East. Madness.
Colorado Rapids 3 Seattle Sounders 1
Another team that was written off this year, the Rapids, have been cranking out absurd results (but then again so have the Sounders). Their transfers have definitely boosted fan and team morale for this new season. We saw Jermaine Jones light it up last week, would he continue? Yep. He struck first in the 20′ when he got his head on a Shkelzen Gashi set piece. Great pace and
He struck first in the 20′ when he got his head on a Shkelzen Gashi set piece. Great pace and link-up play between Dominique Badji and Luis Solignac to put Colorado up by two. USMNT fans can rejoice as Jordan Morris got his second in two games to give Seattle a chance, but Kevin Doyle finished them off in the 86th when the Irishman got on the end of Dennis Castillo’s ball with a toe poke. Colorado one point off the top in the West, with a game in hand.
LA Galaxy 5 Real Salt Lake 2
This is what you want to see from LA. Their talent came together in this one and it showed. RSL struck first after a missed penalty by Gerrard, but Gyasi Zardes delivered a ridiculous strike three minutes later to equalize. Mike Magee got on the end of newly signed Emmanuel Boateng’s cross to put the Galaxy up. Boateng came through and dominated the RSL defense with his speed and trickery, surely a great addition in regards to play creation for LA this season. Boateng got one himself in the 41st after a poor touch from Zardes that turned into a brilliant assist. Even more absurd was Giovani Dos Santos’ goal. Boateng showed his speed and was able to get a ball to Gio, who had to turn and swung his left foot at the ball to chip it right over Nick Rimando. RSL landed a penalty in the second half but Gerrard put the game to bed in stoppage time after a nasty fake shot to open up a pasture of space for a one-on-one against the American keeper. I’m sure that felt great for Stevie G. 3rd and 4th for LA and RSL, respectively.
Toronto traveled to Montreal and landed a 2-0 win over their rivals. DC showed up against the Revs to land the 3-0 shut out at home. Columbus converted their penalty to grab their 2nd win of the season and in a row. San Jose silenced SKC in Cali with a converted Wondolowski penalty and the Red Bulls finally picked up their first win this season (though the MLS refs blew another call in this one). We got a season on our hands.
Big news from US Second Tier NASL, with Minnesota United recording their first ever win over the New York Cosmos. Carolina continues their host-streak and remains undefeated with their 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Only four weeks into the season but Carolina is pulling away from the pack with a three-point lead over Minnesota and sic point lead over 3rd place Cosmos.
Newcomers, FC Cincinnati pulled off a clutch win against Toronto away from home, with Mitch Hildebrandt’s ridiculous double save (made it on SportsCenter’s top ten #WeOutHere) to keep the push alive. They landed a late winner with Omar Cumming’s, who played some of his youth career in Cincinnati and with over 185 MLS appearances, first goal of the season. Watch out for this 33-year-old.
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Good news for Sacramento Republic FC as they sold out their stadium, Bonney Field, for the 32nd time in a row this weekend, gotta love that support (although they took the L against Saint Louis FC)! Louisville City remains atop the West with their win over Harrisburg City Islanders. LA Galaxy II dropped points and tied Vancouver, yet still remain atop the West (with two games in hand above Colorado Springs and Vancouver).