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Megan Rapinoe said the U.S. women were never offered the same contract as the U.S. men, undercutting part of a federal judge’s reasoning for dismissing their equal pay claim.

In an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Monday, both Rapinoe and Alex Morgan said they were “shocked” by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner’s decision Friday to partially grant U.S. Soccer’s request for a summary judgment. In his ruling, Klausner wrote that the women “cannot now retroactively deem their (contract) worse than the MNT (contract) by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT’s pay-to-play structure when they themselves rejected such a structure.”

But Rapinoe said that is inaccurate.

“The men’s contract was never offered to us. And certainly not the same amount of money,” she said. “So to say that we negotiated for a contract and that’s what we agreed to, I think so many women can understand what this feeling is of going into a negotiation knowing equal pay is not on the table. Knowing anywhere close to your male counterparts is not even on the table.”

Rapinoe also pointed out the flaw in Klausner accepting U.S. Soccer’s argument that the women actually made more from 2015-19. While that’s true, it’s because the U.S. women won two World Cups and had only six losses during that period while the men failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

“We are fighters and we’ll continue to fight together for this.” @USWNT#WorldCup champions @mPinoe and @alexmorgan13 speak out on the latest setback in their equal pay fight and what’s next. https://t.co/0nOJnS4zxypic.twitter.com/iJhHszhKyB

— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 4, 2020

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Had the men qualified for that World Cup, they would have made substantially more than the women because their bonuses are so much higher.

“Basically it’s like if I earn $1 every time I play and a man earns $3, just because I win 10 games and he only wins three games and so I make $10 and he made $9, I’m not sure how that’s me making more money,” Rapinoe said.

“It sort of, for me, missed the point,” she added.

The women do get a base salary, but they have argued that it does not make up for the disparity in bonuses.

Klausner did say discrimination claims related to chartered flights, travel and support staff can go forward. A trial is scheduled for next month in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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