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Larry King NowAug 12 '16

Two-time World Cup champion Brandi Chastain weighs in on the U.S. women's national team's wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation & the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, telling Larry that she fully supports the fight for equality by today's players. She also calls on FIFA — the global governing body of professional soccer — to expand their efforts to grow women's soccer around the world.


King: The U.S. women's team officially filing a lawsuit against the soccer federation, you support it? 

Chastain: Absolutely. And it's not just- this is not the first time that this conversation is happening.

King: About pay? 

Chastain: It's about pay, but I think it's more than that Larry, to be honest with you. I think it's about the way U.S. soccer and the rest of the world see women in sports and in this case specifically soccer. I mean, FIFA as a governing body for a long time have not been supportive of women's soccer, and still, you know across the board need to do better to help countries in let's say Africa or South America, or you know Asia – wherever it might be, to support women's soccer for all the good that it will do from the grassroots level all the way up to the professional level. We represent soccer no differently than the men who play it.