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US women’s coach Emma Hayes avoids addressing equal pay issue if high-profile star joins American men’s team

Emma Hayes Discusses Future Amidst Rumors of High-Profile Men’s Coach Joining US Soccer Team

The future of the United States men’s soccer team is a hot topic following their recent first-round elimination in the Copa America. With speculation about the potential hiring of high-profile coaches like Jürgen Klopp to replace Gregg Berhalter, questions arise about the gender pay gap in coaching salaries.

During a news conference in New York, U.S. women’s coach Emma Hayes was asked about the possibility of receiving a raise if a coach like Klopp were to be brought in for the men’s team. Hayes, who was named FIFA’s Best Women’s Coach in 2021, emphasized that her focus is on preparing the women’s team for upcoming events like the Olympics.

Hayes, who previously managed Chelsea’s women’s team, joined the U.S. team earlier this year. The U.S. Soccer Federation had announced that Hayes would become the highest-paid women’s soccer coach in the world upon her hiring.

Berhalter, the current coach of the men’s team, had a substantial salary in 2022, including bonuses for World Cup qualification. In contrast, Hayes’ predecessor, Vlatko Andonovski, had a significantly lower base salary before stepping down after the Women’s World Cup in 2022.

The USSF made headlines in 2022 for equalizing pay for players on the men’s and women’s national teams. As talks of potential coaching changes continue, the issue of gender equity in coaching salaries remains a subject of interest within the soccer community.

With Klopp’s recent departure from Liverpool, the possibility of his involvement with the U.S. men’s team adds another layer of intrigue to the ongoing discussions surrounding coaching salaries and gender equality in soccer.

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