Megan Rapinoe thanked the US men's national team for showing
solidarity in their fight for equal pay on Thursday, adding she was "very
confident" of a positive outcome in the long-running dispute.
The US women have been fighting since 2016 for equality with
their male counterparts and are seeking back pay totalling nearly $67 million.
On 12 February, the union representing the US men's team
issued a statement in support of the women, accusing the United States Soccer
Federation (USSF) of engaging in a "false narrative" as the legal
battle rumbles on.
A group of 28 players from the US women's national team has
filed a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer with a
trial expected to begin in May.
Rapinoe, who has been leading the demands for equality, said
the US women were grateful for the support from the US men.
"It was much appreciated," Rapinoe told reporters
ahead of the USA's SheBelieves Cup opener on Thursday.
"(The men) have been a little light on statements
before, you need to be educated if you weigh in and it seems like they took
time to make the statement they wanted but I have been saying for a long time
that we all have to stand together.
"They think they deserve more money too and they said
that. If they are being underpaid it's likely we are being underpaid too so it
was a nice show of support and I look forward to more solidarity between the
Asked by AFP if a positive resolution will be forthcoming shortly,
Rapinoe added: "I don't know about sooner rather than later, but I am very
confident of a positive outcome."
Rapinoe's team-mate, midfielder Julie Ertz also thanked the
men for their support.
"We know our platform and how important it is to make it
better on and off the field. You fight for what you believe is right,"
Ertz said. "The support from the men is incredible. It's important. We
can't do it alone. That was huge and great to hear."
In last month's statement, the US National Soccer Team Players
Association said the USSF continued to "discriminate against the women in
their wages and working conditions."
"They're trying to protect their monopoly, their
massive revenue streams, and their continued ability to exploit US national
team players," the statement said. "It's time for this to stop."