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Women's WC final viewers top men's final in U.S.

Women's WC final viewers top men's final in U.S.”

The appearance by the USA team will be part of a day on which they are celebrated on both coasts.

While the Wimbledon courts were resting on the customary Middle Sunday, the sporting event that dominated the consciousness instead was taking place over in Lyon, France, where the US women's soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup, defeating the Netherlands, 2-0.

The Women's World Cup Trophy is coming back home to America - again.

The U.S. women's soccer team players are each returning from France with a fraction of what their male counterparts would have gotten if they had won in Russian Federation previous year and rapper Snoop Dogg has joined the voices calling for them to get equal pay.

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Critics of women's sports have long argued that poor performance and general lack of interest are valid reasons to not pay female athletes the same as their male counterparts, but do those arguments hold up?

The team now has a lawsuit pending against the U.S. Soccer Federation, accusing it of paying them less than the men's team for 'for substantially equal work, ' according to the Daily Mail. It was the most-viewed match this season and was a 22 percent increase over last year's World Cup men's final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million. That match drew a television audience of 25.4 million Americans, according to Nielsen data.

The women U.S. soccer players earn a maximum of $260,869 for advancing to the World Cup and winning, while the maximum for male USA players for doing the same thing is $1,114,429 according to an analysis from the Guardian.



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