The union representing the U.S. Men\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;National Soccer Team waded into the rift between the national women\u0026#039;s team and the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay Wednesday, demanding that the federation end its \u0022false narrative\u0022 over the female players\u0026#039; compensation.The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) released the statement shortly after contract negotiations between the federation (USSF) and the men\u0026#039;s team stalled. The union said the women\u0026#039;s current contract, covering 2017 to 2021, offers lower compensation than the men\u0026#039;s recently expired deal, which covered 2011 to 2018.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Our great hope is that 2020 will be the year of equal pay. We are grateful for the support of our male colleagues, and also for the overwhelming solidarity from millions of fans and sponsors around the world who have stood with us to fight USSF\u0026#039;s discrimination.\u0022 —Megan Rapinoe, USWNT\u0022What we believe should happen is simple. Pay the women significantly more than our recently expired men\u0026#039;s deal,\u0022 said the union. \u0022In our estimation, the women were due at least triple what our expired deal was worth in player compensation.\u0022After winning the World Cup last summer, 28 players from the women\u0026#039;s team (USWNT) filed a lawsuit against the federation, accusing officials of\u0026nbsp;\u0022institutionalized gender discrimination.\u0022Despite outperforming their male counterparts by winning three out of seven women\u0026#039;s World Cups, the USWNT says players are paid 38% of what\u0026nbsp;the men\u0026#039;s soccer team is paid.\u0022For more than 20 years, the Federation has resisted any concept of equal pay or basic economic fairness for the USWNT players,\u0022 reads the statement from the men\u0026#039;s team.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Historically, the Federation also refused to include in the women\u0026#039;s [collective bargaining agreement] the same provisions as the men\u0026#039;s with respect to air travel, hotels, etc. This is systematic gender discrimination that should have never happened.\u0022After the USWNT filed its complaint last year, USSF President\u0026nbsp;Carlos Cordeiro put forward what the men\u0026#039;s team called a \u0022false narrative,\u0022 claiming the USWNT has actually been paid more in total over the past decade than the men.\u0026nbsp;Cordeiro \u0022highlighted tens of millions of dollars of investment by the federation in women’s soccer, noting specifically more than $18 million in direct support for the National Women\u0026#039;s Soccer League, the seven-year-old professional league, and millions more in spending on youth programs,\u0022 reported the New York Times.\u0026nbsp;Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the USWNT, countered Cordeiro\u0026#039;s claim, calling it both a \u0022ruse\u0022 and \u0022sad attempt by the USSF to quell the overwhelming tide of support\u0022 for the women\u0026#039;s case.\u0022Any apples to apples comparison shows that the men earn far more than the women,\u0022 Levinson said last\u0026nbsp;summer. \u0022The fact is the women\u0026#039;s team requested the same compensation structure as the men have, so they would be paid equally for equal performance. USSF refused, offering lower compensation in every category for the women in a pay for performance structure. That is patently unequal pay.\u0022Megan Rapinoe, captain of the USWNT, released a statement thanking the\u0026nbsp;USNSTPA\u0026nbsp;for its show of solidarity.\u0022Our great hope is that 2020 will be the year of equal pay. We are grateful for the support of our male colleagues, and also for the overwhelming solidarity from millions of fans and sponsors around the world who have stood with us to fight USSF\u0026#039;s discrimination,\u0022 the statement said.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Achieving equal pay is so much bigger than our team and our playing fields—women in workforces everywhere deserve equality now.\u0022Observers on social media applauded the men\u0026#039;s team for speaking out.\u0022Sport is a microcosm of society,\u0022 tweeted attorney Kelsey Trainor. \u0022The USWNT equal pay lawsuit is about so much more.\u0022Sport is a microcosm of society. The #USWNT Equal Pay lawsuit is about so much more. The men\u0026#039;s team with the support today and @mPinoe\u0026#039;s response. https://t.co/F3WGpNSEKR— Kelsey Trainor (@ktrain_11) February 12, 2020The men\u0026#039;s team called on soccer fans to withdraw support from the USSF\u0026#039;s sponsors, including Johnson \u0026amp; Johnson, AT\u0026amp;T, and Nike until the federation does \u0022the right thing and gives the women a new CBA that pays a fair share of the gate receipts and that television and sponsorship revenue to the players.\u0022\u0022Support the players, not the Federation,\u0022 the union added.