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dateline: 10 July 2019

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US Soccer Champions Fight for Equal Pay

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • undefeated: having no losses in a competition
  • legal: related to laws
  • employer: the person or organization you work for
  • lawsuit: a complaint to be heard in a court of law
  • counterpart: a person holding the same position
  • chant: to repeat a poetic verse in a loud voice

US Soccer Champions Fight for Equal Pay

The US soccer team took home its fourth World Cup trophy last weekend, and was undefeated in the 2019 . Though the battles on the soccer fields are over, the US team is not done fighting. The national team is currently in a legal battle with its employer over pay. Members of the US team a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation on International Women’s Day last March. The women are demanding to be the same amount as their American male counterparts. In a celebratory parade in New York City on Monday, people chanted “USA. Equal Pay!”

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was the first battle mentioned in the report?
  2. What is the current battle the team is fighting?
  3. What did people shout at the parade for the World Cup champions?

Discussion Question

Despite achieving better results and higher TV ratings than the national US men’s soccer team, the women earn a fraction of the pay. Do you think the US women will win their battle for equal pay? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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