U.S. Women Ready To Defend World Cup, Pursue Pay Equity

In its send-off match this past weekend, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team beat Mexico 3-0 and now heads to the FIFA World Cup in June to defend its world-champion title.

“We want to win everything. We want to win every game,’ midfielder Megan Rapinoe said, reported the Associated Press. “It’s going to be extremely tough. It’s going to be a grueling tournament. But, yeah, like I said, the expectation for us is always to win.’

The World Cup is just one of the battles the team is prepping for as it also hopes to win its gender discrimination lawsuit it filed against U.S. Soccer.

The team’s chances of repeating as World Cup champs and the discrimination suit are among prop bets SBR’s top sportsbooks are offering as the matches commence.

The discrimination suit was filed in California in March and argues that the soccer governing organization “has a policy and practice of discriminating” against members of the women’s national team on the basis of gender, by paying them less than members of the men’s team. The suit also alleges discrimination due to the types of fields the team plays on and their travel accommodations.

In one example, the suit alleges women players were given $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup team whereas the men players received $55,000 in 2014.

Named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are 28 members of the team including many of its stars, such as Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

U.S. Soccer disputes the players’ claims, denying gender discrimination.

“U.S. Soccer’s challenged pay practices are not based on sex,” according to a response filed in federal court. Any pay differential, the response continues, is due to “differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams” and other factors.

The suit also says that “during the period relevant to this case, the (women’s national team) earned more in profit and/or revenue than the (men’s national team).’

The U.S. women’s team has won the World Cup three times and won the Olympic gold medal four times. In contrast, the men’s team has won neither tournament and did not qualify for the World Cup last year.

If the women’s team wins the World Cup this year, a prop bet addresses whether the team would visit the White House. Morgan already has said, that if invited, she would decline the invitation due to President Trump’s policies, including “zero tolerance’ at the border which leads to family separation.

Several teams visited the White House after winning championships, while other teams or individual athletes have declined. The Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and visited, whereas the NCAA basketball champions Virginia Cavaliers declined due to the unavailability of many players due to their pursuit of pro contracts or moving on from the university.

The prop bets can be found at BetOnline and Bovada.

At BetOnline

Odds to Win Women’s World Cup

  • USA +300

  • France +325

  • Germany +550

  • England +600

  • Japan +1400

  • Netherlands +1600

  • Australia +1600

  • Brazil +1600

  • Spain +2500

  • Sweden +2500

  • Canada +2500

  • Norway +3300

  • New Zealand +5000

  • China +5000

  • Italy +5000

  • South Korea +6600

  • Scotland +10000

  • Chile +10000

  • Argentina +12500

  • Nigeria +25000

  • South Africa +50000

  • Cameroon +50000

  • Thailand +100000

  • Jamaica +100000

Our pick: USA! USA!

At Bovada

Will The USA Women’s Soccer Team Win Their Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against The US Soccer Federation?

  • No -300

  • Yes +200

Our pick: Yes

If a settlement is reached out of court, All Wagers will be graded No Action

Will The USA Women’s Soccer Team Visit The White House If They Win The World Cup?

  • No -700

  • Yes +400

Our pick: No