USWNT's gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer will go to trial in May 2020

The U.S. Women’s National Team will get their day in court. A judge ruled that the team’s gender discrimination lawsuit with U.S. Soccer will head to trial in May 2020, according to Andrew Das of the New York Times.

That’s actually much sooner than expected. Both sides proposed the trial take place in December 2020. The judge decided to expedite the process. The players are happy about the new timeline.

After years of fighting for equal pay, the USWNT sued U.S. Soccer for “gender discrimination” in March. The players’ argument got even more attention as the women’s team won yet another World Cup in July. At the team’s celebration, chants of “equal pay” broke out when U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro spoke. Members of Congress have gotten involved too, introducing legislation that would withhold funds from the 2026 World Cup unless the women’s team receives equal pay.

U.S. Soccer has pushed back against the ideal of equal pay, arguing that the women’s team has been adequately compensated. In August, U.S. Soccer hired lobbyists to make its case.

On Wednesday, the two sides met to try and find common ground on the issue. Those talks broke down, prompting a judge to set a date on a trial.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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