ATLANTA — Frank De Boer, head coach of the defending MLS champion Atlanta United FC, said the idea of female soccer players receiving the same pay as their male counterparts is “ridiculous.” De Boer was responding to a lawsuit filed earlier this year in Los Angeles by dozens of U.S. women’s soccer players against the U.S. Soccer Federation, alleging gender discrimination.
The complaint seeks to represent women’s soccer players as a class action suit. It includes some of the biggest names in women’s soccer, and it alleges “institutionalized gender discrimination,” including violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The complaint is the latest salvo in the players’ long-standing bid for equality. A dominant powerhouse especially in comparison to a U.S men’s team that has never been dominant, U.S. women lag far behind the men in terms of compensation.