U.S. Soccer Files Lawsuit Against Women’s Nat’l Team
United States Soccer Federation has filed a lawsuit against the Women's National Team over terms agreed to in their collective bargaining agreement. The fear by the federation is that players who competed on the World Cup-winning team from 2015 may strike before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The federation wants an agreement that "confirms the existence" of the U.S. Nat'l Team representation in the Olympics. The CBA agreed to in 2005, and put in place in 2013, is claimed to not exist by the Women's National Team Players Association.
"Again, we're disappointed," the Executive Director of the WNTPA Richard Nichols said. "But we understand that they have to do what they have to do. But the bottom line is we, notwithstanding their court activities, are quite confident that we're going to be able to come to an agreement."
If this isn't settled in by the time the Olympics are set to kick off this summer, there is a possibility that there is not a U.S. Women's Soccer team in Rio. It is more likely though that the lawsuit will be settled by then.