USSF says hostile crowds give men different jobs than women

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation says facing hostile crowds in Mexico and Central America makes playing for the U.S. men’s national team a different job than competing for the American women.

The USSF made the claim in documents filed Tuesday night in federal court in Los Angeles, where a lawsuit by American women accusing the federation of gender discrimination is scheduled for trial starting May 5. The U.S. women are seeking more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“MNT players routinely play matches (important World Cup qualifiers, in particular) throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The WNT does not,” the USSF said. “Opposing fan
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