When the U.S. women’s soccer team returns from the Rio Olympics, there will be no ticker-tape parade or celebratory selfies with President Obama or triumphant magazine covers.

Perhaps most important, unlike following their World Cup win in 2015, there will be no victory tour that generates millions in revenue for U.S. Soccer the team can cite as further leverage in their fight for equal pay.

The squad’s devastating quarterfinal loss to Sweden —incomprehensible just a few weeks ago — is a gut-punch for more than one reason. For the first time ever, the team won’t medal in the Olympics. And they can no longer claim the bragging rights of global dominance which, in women’s soccer, is about more than just ego. Read more…

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