US women's national team players' union makes changes


AP

12:08 a.m. ET Feb. 3, 2017

An emphasis on player-driven leadership has brought encouraging signs in the talks for a new contract between the women’s national team and U.S. Soccer, Becky Sauerbrunn said.

The winners of the 2015 Women’s World Cup have been without a contract since Dec. 31. Talks were stalled when the players parted ways in late December with attorney Rich Nichols, who had been executive director of the U.S. Women’s National Team Player Association since late 2014.

The USWNTPA on Thursday night formally announced new legal representation, Bredhoff & Kaiser, in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The union also confirmed that Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg and Christen Press were elected player representatives at the team’s January training camp.

Additionally, the players hired Becca Roux as the union’s interim executive director.

“We have committed ourselves to changing the tone of negotiations, and really working with the federation to come to a contract where both sides are going to leave feeling they got a fair and just deal,” said Sauerbrunn, a defender who has been with the senior national team since…

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