The U.S. women soccer stars who won last summer's World Cup are expected to sign a contract today with the national federation, ending their one-month dispute over money.
The deal will be signed this morning, a source in the U.S. Soccer Federation told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The players, including Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, will begin training Tuesday for a Feb. 6 exhibition against Norway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It will be the first game for new coach April Heinrichs.
Details of the contract will be revealed at a news conference in New York on Tuesday.
The 20 women who won the World Cup last summer boycotted this month's Australia Cup because they said the USSF wasn't paying them enough. The USSF sent a team of college-age players, which won the tournament.
Each World Cup player was paid $3,150 a month during the World Cup run, although U.S. Soccer spent about $2.5 million in preparing the team for the tournament. At the end of the hugely successful tournament last July, the contracts expired.
Although the women, through their lawyer, John Langel, sought a new contract proposal as early as September, the federation preferred to begin negotiations on Dec. 1.
When U.S. Soccer asked the players to compete under the terms of the old contract--but without any bonus money after each received $7,500 for winning the World Cup--Langel proposed $5,000 a month for January and February, plus $2,000 per game.
Several players called the proposal "insulting," and Hamm, the sport's career scoring leader, said it was a step backward.
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