The U.S. women's national team coach supports her players in their claim against the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination even though she's in a tough spot.
Ellis told reporters, "I'm definitely in support," adding that the team called her before announcing the filing of the lawsuit but didn't discuss with her if they had to present it or not.
Coach Ellis, is employed by the federation which is why she's in a unique position right in the middle of her team and the body subject of the lawsuit.
“In 2014 Men’s World Cup the MNT got performance bonuses totaling $5,375,000 for losing in the Round of 16, while the WNT got $1,725,000 for actually winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup” https://t.co/5wsNhNJR4N— Natalie Fertig (@natsfert) March 10, 2019
The lawsuit alleges they received a lower payment than the USMNT even though their performance was better and had inferior conditions to play and train.
The women's national team has three world titles and four Olympic gold medals. They are one of the favorite teams to conquer the World Cup that starts in June.
The debate on gender equality revived after the claim from the USWNT and has the support of sport's biggest stars such as 23rd time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.