U.S. women remain focused on World Cup despite developments in equal pay lawsuit

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Published on June 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:55s

U.S. women remain focused on World Cup despite developments in equal pay lawsuit

U.S. Women's World Cup team players remains focused on winning another World Cup despite developments in their equal pay lawsuit

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U.S. women remain focused on World Cup despite developments in equal pay lawsuit

SHOWS: REIMS, FRANCE (JUNE 22, 2019) (U.S. SOCCER/VERITONE - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'U.S. SOCCER/VERITONE') 1.

U.S. WOMENS WORLD CUP TEAM DEFENDER KELLEY O'HARA SPEAKING TO REPORTERS 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. WOMENS WORLD CUP TEAM DEFENDER KELLEY O'HARA AFTER BEING ASKED IF IT'S DIFFICULT TO FOCUS ON WORLD CUP WITH EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT GOING ON, SAYING: "It hasn't been difficult at all, we're very good at compartmentalizing and we're here to win a World Cup.

You know we obviously have things going on back home that we'll deal with when we get back there but this team's always been very good at focusing on the task at hand and this is just another example of us doing that." 3.

U.S. WOMENS WORLD CUP TEAM DEFENDER ALI KRIEGER SPEAKING TO REPORTERS 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. WOMENS WORLD CUP TEAM DEFENDER ALI KRIEGER AFTER BEING ASKED IF THEY CAN WIN WORLD CUP WHILE EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT IS GOING ON, SAYING: "Absolutely, absolutely, bring it on, you know we're not listening to any of the noise, we're here to win, we're here to do a job and do it well and you work your entire life for this moment so nothing is gonna get in the way of that, we've been through way too much, individually, as a group, over the years, through our careers, that nothing will stand in our way of this trophy.

You work way too hard to let the little bits and pieces of the noise get to you at this moment and that's not gonna happen." STORY: U.S. Women's World Cup team players Kelley O'Hara and Ali Krieger made it clear Saturday (June 22) that they won't let any developments in their equal pay lawsuit distract them from their mission to lift another trophy.

Speaking to reporters in Reims, France, both O'Hara and Krieger said winning another World Cup was the only thing on their mind after it was reported Friday (June 21) that the U.S. Soccer Federation had agreed to mediation with the women's national team to resolve their lawsuit over equal pay with the men's team.

All 28 members of the U.S. team were named as plaintiffs in federal court when the lawsuit was filed in March.

The players say they have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.

The lawsuit also outlines years of institutionalized gender discrimination, claiming travel conditions, medical personnel, promotion of games and training are less favorable for female players than for their male counterparts.

The American squad is in Reims to prepare for a Monday (June 24) knockout round showdown with Spain after breezing through the three group stage games without allowing a goal.

(Production: David Grip)

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