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2020-05-05

Morgan, Rapinoe vows to push ahead after legal reversal

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U.S. women's national football team co-captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe said they were shocked after a court dismissed their team's claims for equal pay.

The duo, who helped the U.S. achieve last year's record fourth World Cup title, said they planned to appeal the decision after a California judge threw out the players' claims that they were underpaid compared to the men's team on Friday.

"This decision was out of left field for us," Morgan said, appearing here on Monday on a remote live feed on the program Good Morning America. "We are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this"

Long-running feud with the U.S. The World Cup winning team. Soccer was a very public and bitter battle, with players looking for $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

"Over the class period, the WNT (Women's National Team) was paid more on both a cumulative and average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team),' the court said in its summary judgment.

Ballon d'Or winner Rapinoe last year said she questioned the logic of the summary judgment.

"If I earn one dollar each time I play and a man earns three dollars just because I win ten games and he only wins three games-so I'm making ten dollars and he's made nine dollars-I'm not sure how I make more money," she says.

The court has allowed unfair medical, travel and training complaints to proceed to the trial, which is scheduled to begin June 16.

Some of the high-profile backers of the players, including women's sport pioneer Billie Jean King and presumptive US backers. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, after news of their legal setback broke, leapt to their defence. [nL8N2CK0KL] "Don't quit that fight. That's not over yet, "Biden wrote Saturday in a tweet to the team, then told the U.S. Soccer: "The pay is equal, now. Otherwise, if I'm president, you can go elsewhere to finance the World Cup.

In a statement on Monday the U.S. Men's National Team Players Association reiterated its support for the women players.

"The players in the USMNT are still standing with the WNT players in their efforts to secure equal pay," the group said.

"The USMNT players have made proposals to the Federation for a year and a half that would achieve equal pay for the players in the USMNT and USWNT."