Hope filed her own equal pay lawsuit against US Soccer in August 2018, six months before her former teammates would file their own. She has largely carved out her own path in pursuing action against US Soccer, and while she told us she will automatically be part of the class-action suit, she is still determined to do things on her own terms — which could mean opting out of the class action.
"If there's a settlement, it doesn't change the law. It's admitting there are inadequacies in US Soccer, and it's a good step for US soccer, but it's not a great step for women overall," Hope said. "And so, for me, who knows what's going to happen? I might be stuck in court for another couple of years, or I might be part of the class action. I have no idea."
We asked if Hope could envision a scenario in which she'd agree to settle with US Soccer rather than battle it out in court. "That's what I've said all along — that I can't imagine [settling]. We got into this fight to change everything for future generations. It wasn't supposed to be about us. It wasn't supposed to be about us getting money, it wasn't supposed to be about us getting notoriety," she said. "It was supposed to be about changing things for the future generations. So the only way we can do it is not by putting money in our pockets, but by continuing in this really ugly battle. Reading boring documents, this really long fight in federal court . . . that's the way to do it."