Former US football star Abby Wambach said on Wednesday that the team winning the World Cup against the Netherlands gave them extra weight in their fight for equal pay with the American Football Federation.
Wambach appeared at CBS Sports headquarters and spoke about the lawsuit filed by the US national team against his federation, alleging discrimination on the basis of sex.
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"Well, I think if there had been a case of public opinion, they would certainly have won it," said Wambach. "I think winning the World Cup gives them an advantage that will obviously help them. But at the end of the day, it's now up to FIFA and President Carlos Cordeiro of US Soccer to make sure that these things happen and that all these women come face to face. "
Wambach, who won the World Cup in 2015, added: "They have just done a lot of work to win this World Cup, but they have done it in a way we can all be proud. Although US Soccer made an early investment in this team, you see the byproduct now. You must continue to invest in the program so that it continues to succeed. Women did their job, now it's US Soccer [turn] to do theirs. "
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Megan Rapinoe took the fight in the forefront on Wednesday during the team's New York tapes.
"There has been so much controversy in recent years. I was a victim of this, I was the author, "Rapinoe said. "With our fight with the federation, sorry for some of the things I've said – not all. But it's time to meet. "
She continued, "This conversation is at the next stage. We must collaborate. It takes everyone. This is my charge to everyone. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Get out of yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you have ever been before. If this team is a representation of what you can be when you do this, please take it as an example. "
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Rapinoe's speech was delivered as fans in the crowd chanted "equal pay" in front of the president of the federation, Cordeiro.