With the United States preparing to play in the women's World Cup final the team's fight for pay equity resurfaced on Wednesday with the Democratic Women's Caucus demanding answers from US Soccer chief Carlos Cordeiro.
The US national team's dispute with the US Soccer Federation over pay parity has simmered in the background of the month-long tournament which will reach a climax on Sunday in Lyon when the US, coming off a tense 2-1 semi-final win over England, will face the Netherlands or Sweden.
Players have said repeatedly their lawsuit against U.S. Soccer has not been a distraction but the dispute was front-and-centre again as the Democratic Women's Caucus sent Cordeiro a letter expressing its "deep concern regarding inequities in pay, publicity and investment in the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT)".
The letter added; "Members are also demanding answers from the Federation as to how it will remedy these injustices".
All 28 members of the defending World Cup champions' squad were named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer filed in March.