US Soccer asks court to consolidate discrimination lawsuits

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NEW YORK CITY, New York (AP) -- The U.S. Soccer Federation has asked a court to consolidate a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by players on the women's national team with an action filed earlier by former goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The 28 members of the current women's player pool filed their lawsuit earlier this month. It accuses the U.S. Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men's national team.

Solo filed a similar lawsuit in August in the Northern District of California.

U.S. Soccer maintains that the men's and women's teams have separate collective bargaining agreements and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no simple dollar-to-dollar salary comparison. Terms of the CBAs have not been made public.