Opinion: No one has beaten the U.S. women, and U.S. Soccer won't be able to, either

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USWNT star Megan Rapinoe gave a motivational victory speech at a New York ceremony celebrating the U.S. Women’s fourth World Cup championship.
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U.S. Soccer is never going to win this fight.

It can spin the numbers any way it wants and hire an army’s worth of lobbyists, and it won’t make a difference. Not when it’s taking on the wildly popular, and wildly successful, U.S. women, and not when the fight is over equal pay at a time when women across the country are fed up with being told to wait their turn and just be happy with what they’re given.

Mediation talks between the U.S. women and U.S. Soccer broke down Wednesday night, and the outlook for a quick resolution to the team’s gender discrimination lawsuit looks bleak. The U.S. women are not giving an inch, with spokeswoman Molly Levinson saying, “It is clear that USSF, including its board of directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed.”

U.S. Soccer responded with a blowtorch, calling Levinson’s previous statements “inflammatory” and saying “plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and ultimately…

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