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This is something that correct me quite wrong. I think you've been a proponent of in the past. So what's your reaction to this news? Well, U.S. soccer is making it very clear in Cindy parlor co and the president put out a letter saying such that look, this is our path forward is we are going with equal contracts and that includes FIFA World Cup prize money. They do not want to do a negotiation or CBA that doesn't include that. And they've made that very clear for months now. She also put in there a little jab at the men's team of, hey, and we need you all, as you said, you want this. You're all for equal pay. Then get to the table and make it happen. Meaning she wants players to be part of that process. And from my understanding, there hasn't been a ton of engagement on the men's side in terms of player involvement. And I think that's going to be the sticking point, obviously, is that chunk of FIFA money? I have made the argument that yes, of course, for the men's teams, because FIFA argues that, yes, the men's world cups and events bring in more money. They're going to give more to the men. The women argue, listen, because a systemic discrimination, it's not our fault that you haven't been promoting the women's side of the game for decades and decades had you been we'd be making more money. You could also argue that the U.S. women's team brings in more on the sponsorship side because of their popularity and their success at the international level. So I think if you put it all into the pot split it evenly. And you can get both. That's the challenge. Both teams at the table. And that's what they're saying. They want to get there. I think that's going to be the path forward. And the U.S. soccer is saying that will only be the past four. They do not want to sign a contract that's not equal. Well, they say equal, but cynical and also said, equal pay doesn't mean equal. So there's a big difference there that could be a percentage of which from my understanding the women do not want. And also, by the way, the men haven't had an active CVA since 2018. They've been practicing plane working without a CBA since 2018. So there are a lot of there are a lot of different things going on right now at the helm of these discussions. But the most important thing is, U.S. soccer is taking everything out of their own hands and putting in to the player's hands. You and the men, the women and the men figure it out, type of deal, which is almost a tricky place to be on if you're on either side of the table. I think you're right. It is a tricky place to be at. But I think that there is a solution forward. And I just think that finally they need to go to a place where everyone's supporting the other team. If the men does well, do well, the women do well. If the women do well, the men share in that. And we can go as we've talked about for so long one nation one team, which really hasn't been. There's been a lot of infighting in that. Then this is the solution forward. And I hope the players can help them get there. Julie, one more thing on the federation docket. We've got the presidential elections coming up. We've been talking about it a lot on this show. I have to get your opinion here because you were on the air with me in the she believes cup at the beginning of 2020 when I had to read that statement from Carlos Cordero and what 24 48 hours later he resigned as president of U.S. soccer. I wonder what you make of Cordero now entering the race for this year's presidency. Yeah, sevi, I was shocked, honestly. I mean, he resigned on embarrassing terms in terms of he says, look, I didn't know that U.S. soccer was going to use that language in the lawsuit in apologize for it. Had I seen it? And look, this is argument that had been made for months in deposition. So I think I said it that night on air. I don't buy that. Because they were well aware that that was going to be the argument that men are better physically as players and stronger and faster. Therefore, it's not equal. And so for him to have almost see his arrogance to come back and say, I'm going to be the one that fixes this. And then in his letter to say, because they haven't resolved all these millions of lawsuits. Well, those millions in lawsuits were under his watch and often started under his watch. So Cindy actually, parlo cone has done, I think a very good job of wrapping up the lawsuit. They had with U.S. soccer foundation. They got rid of that. She brought in a new CEO. She's changed as we've seen a lot of the culture within the federation. I think they should honor that and let her finish this as a player and as a woman's player who knows how best to get to equal pay. And understands it. And I think she's on the right track to get there. So I shake my head at this. I hope that the athletes council and other members that are voting are going to see that the way forward in all of this right now, I think is Sunday, but I just think it's a surprising move by Carlos Cordero, for sure. And I just was, I was blown away when I saw it, honestly. Yeah, it should be a very interesting buildup to the annual governance meeting for U.S. soccer in March in Atlanta. All right, Julie patty, thanks so much for the time. Great to have you with us here on football. Thanks guys. Thanks, Julie. One more thing before we get out of here. History or even Peralta who just turned 38 yesterday.

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