On Wednesday, “Equal Pay Day,” President Biden alleged that the wage gap between men and women had hurt the economy and brought members of the US women’s national soccer team to the White House to set new equality goals.

The Census Bureau estimates that a woman working full-time would make about 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man. Biden and his wife Jill hosted US team members Megan Rapinoe and Margaret Purce. Other members took part virtually.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an electrician, an accountant, or part of the best fucking football team in the world,” Biden said. “The pay gap is real. And this team is living proof that you can be the best at what you do and still fight for equal pay. “

The women’s team has won the World Cup four times, most recently in 2019. In the same year, they sued the American Football Association for wage discrimination. The lawsuit was dismissed in May; An appeal is planned.

“Despite these victories. I’ve been devalued, disrespected and fired for being a woman, ”said Rapinoe.


US soccer players lose

Uriel Antuna scored just before halftime and Mexico beat USA 1-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers to win Group A in Guadalajara.

Both teams had already qualified for the semi-finals on Sunday. The winners of these games will get Olympic berths in Tokyo this summer.

The US will play the winner of the game between Canada and Honduras on Thursday evening.

The American men last won the Olympic Games in 2008.

• The Earthquakes will play five of their first seven home games as the MLS announced their full schedule for 2021.

San Jose will open its 34-game season in Houston on April 16, followed by its home game at Earthquakes Stadium against FC Dallas on April 24.

The regular season ends on November 7th, also against Dallas. Full schedule and ticket information: www.sjearthquakes.com.

• The San Francisco Glens Soccer Club (USL League Two, fourth division of American football) announced plans to develop its own football-specific facility on Treasure Island. Construction work is scheduled to begin this summer and begin in spring 2022.

• Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup began for European teams with a slip by France to open their title defense (1-1 at home in Ukraine), a major defeat for the Netherlands (4-2 against Turkey) and a 3-1 win of Belgium against Wales.

Norway beat Gibraltar 3-0 after protesting human rights abuses in Qatar, host country of the 2022 World Cup. and European champions Portugal defeated Azerbaijan 1-0.

Golf: In an upside-down opening round of Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas, Rory McIlroy suffered his worst loss (after 13 holes against Ian Poulter) in 10 years, and Justin Thomas (2) came top to Bryson DeChambeau (5 ) Players who have lost opening games.

Dustin Johnson, the top seed, knocked out Adam Long on the 18th hole. Cal alum Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele had to be satisfied with a draw.

NFL: The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed free agent recipient TY Hilton with a one-year contract worth $ 10 million. … The Los Angeles Chargers agreed on external linebacker Kyler Fackrell, who had four sacks in nine starts for the New York Giants in 2020.

Universities: Stanford’s three-game home-game baseball series against Cal State Bakersfield scheduled for this weekend has been canceled as the Roadrunners are on pause due to health and safety protocols.

The San Jose state soccer team is also on break. Spring activities will be suspended due to coronavirus cases and contact tracing within the program.

Figure skating: Fremont’s Karen Chen helped bring the US within range of the maximum three berths at the Beijing Winter Olympics next year. After the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockhom, she finished fourth.

Chen and Bradie Tennell must finish a combined 13th or better place. They are in 11th place after Tenell, a two-time US champion, finished seventh. Anna Shcherbakova, Russia’s three-time national champion, is the first.

“I want to deliver the free skate that I know I can,” said Chen, the national team bronze medalist who joined the US team because of her international experience ahead of runner-up Amber Glenn. “I have yet to show this at Skate America or Nationals so I think this is the right time.”

Women’s free skate is Friday.