The US Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Back

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This is Part II of my original analysis of the lawsuit between United States Soccer Federations’s (“US Soccer”) and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association (“Union”).  As you may have heard, the Unions has “fired back” at last week’s lawsuit filed by the US Soccer against the Union.  

While some pundits and fanboys/fangirls on Twitter have accused US Soccer of waging a war of discrimination against the Union and the players, the Union’s response is more about “lawyers doing what lawyers do.”  That means that the Union’s legal team has responding with the typical lawyer armory of posturing, finger pointing and taking strident tones.  All of this is being done as part of a two pronged effort to (a) assert that the players are not going to be cowed into submission and (b) convince a federal court judge to take side with the Union without pointing to any real evidence to support the Union’s position.  I intend to give you a summary of the arguments rather than simply cutting and pasting the entire thing as some have done.  An update of this morning’s legal proceedings has been added to the end of this piece. Continue reading

Legal Analysis regarding US Soccer vs. US Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association

 

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The above image shows the United States Women’s National Soccer Team at a happier time, celebrating its 2015 World Cup Victory at the White House with various officials of United States Soccer Federation (“US Soccer”).  By now you’ve heard about the lawsuit that US Soccer has filed against the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association (“Union”). The lawsuit is rather simple, and contrary to number of tweets in support or the Union and/or against US Soccer, it is not an attack against the players themselves. Rather, the lawsuit boils down to a single, simple issue. Continue reading

OTF Roundtable: One Prediction

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The “Original Recipe” OTF Roundtable returns. Preseason practice has begun, the team looks considerably younger and (dare we say it), there are even some signs of hope. Even some of OTF’s perma-skeptics may be coming around to the team … maybe.

Today’s roundtable question:

What is one prediction about the 2016 Fire season that you are sure will come true?

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Chicago Fire Offseason Player Movement

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Ironically, when things move so slowly it is hard to see what’s really happening. Aside from the wheeling and dealing on Draft Day, there was considerable movement on the Fire roster so far in the offseason…

Here’s all the official player movement that has occurred since October 24th through January 27th in handy GIF form.  Below is a description by week.

(Last Update, 1/29)

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OTF Roundtable: Silent Sigh

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Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and Head Coach Veljko Paunovic calling Brian Bliss to get his laptop password.

Frankly, all of Fire Nation was hoping we’d have more things to talk about by now, but no dice.

With the international transfer window now open and the MLS Superdraft combine beginning today Chicago continues to shed both salaries, personalities, and staff.

The number of players remaining on the Fire’s roster sits at 14, with the organization making no additions during either stage of the Re-Entry Draft in December and choosing not to cash in on any of MLS’s first, albeit aging, free agents.

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Who Are The Best Players & Best Values in MLS Free Agency, Re-Entry

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Evaluating players is a messy thing.  With MLS’s first Free Agency class now available for purchase and MLS’s yearly Re-Entry Round 2 Draft beginning tomorrow (Thursday, 12/17), it is worth looking at who’s available… and who’s worth being available.
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Maths Apology: Which 2015 Fire Players Earned Their Salaries?

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Chicago shed a lot of player contracts last week as new GM Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunovoic freed up as many dollars as possible for the upcoming MLS post season scramble.

As Phase One of the Re-Entry draft begins it’s worth taking a look at how the 2015 Fire performed in context to their MLS salaries.
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