“We have to be better.” So said co-captain and soccer icon Megan Rapinoe in her speech at New York’s City Hall yesterday during her team’s ticker-tape celebration in Manhattan. In between dancing on floats and sipping champagne, team members took to social media to push for fair compensation. Drowned out by chants of “equal pay” from the crowd, U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro responded, “We hear you.”
But will anything change? Earlier this week, Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, floated a bill that would ban federal funding for the 2026 men’s World Cup until soccer’s governing body agrees to equal pay.