The USWNT is by far the most successful branch of U.S. Soccer, but the team continues to be treated like a red-headed step child. U.S. women have been forced to play on terrible fields against their wishes and now their personal information has been exposed thanks to a lawsuit brought by U.S. Soccer. The home addresses and personal email accounts of 28 national team players were made public among exhibits accompanying the lawsuit on Wednesday, reports ESPN W. The suit was filed in Chicago, and the information was posted on the court's website. It was finally redacted Thursday morning.
U.S. Soccer is suing the USWNT to prove a valid Collective Bargaining Agreement exists and avoid a strike ahead of this summer's Olympic tournament. USSF and the USWNT have been operating under a memorandum of understanding since the old CBA expired in 2012. The memorandum would have the league and the team operate under the terms of the old CBA until the end of 2016, at which time a new CBA would come into effect.
Details from MLS's new Collective Bargaining Agreement. In addition to all the numbers, there are stipulations for a potential tournament played among American and Mexican teams:
"US-Mexico Champions Cup (if played): MLS will pay the following bonuses which are not aggregate, unless prize money is awarded, in which case ... shall apply if it would result in a greater bonus:
• Team plays in Champions Cup: $100,000
• Team wins Champions Cup: $50,000
Other US-Mexico Tournament: If MLS creates a US-Mexico Non-Compulsory Tournament distinct from the US-Mexico Champions Cup, MLS will determine the bonus structure for such tournament after engaging in good faith negotiations with the Union."
As previously noted, this would be either a brilliant move or a complete disaster. If successful, Mourinho and United would be back on top of the game. But if he were to fail, the manager's reputation would be ruined, and United would be a laughing stock. Let's hope for the latter.
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