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U.S. players celebrate after winning the Olympics quarterfinal game against the Netherlands. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. men's national soccer team filed an amicus brief on Friday in support of the women's team's appeal against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay.

Driving the news: Lawyers for the men's team argued that U.S. Soccer "has treated the women’s national team players as second-class citizens, discriminating against the women in their wages and working conditions and paying them less than the men’s national team players."

  • "The women deserved better from the Federation — and a lot more money," the men's team's brief said.
  • U.S. Soccer maintained that they will work with both teams "to equalize FIFA prize money and chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world," per a statement.
  • “U.S. Soccer is firmly committed to equal pay, just as the members of our senior national teams are," U.S. Soccer said.
  • In addition to the brief filed on behalf of the players association for the men’s national team, the National Women’s Law Center and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection also filed amicus briefs on Friday in support of the women's team.

Catch up quick: The U.S. women's team filed an opening brief earlier this month with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to reverse a prior district court decision.

  • The brief asks that the case be sent back to district court to be heard by a jury.

The big picture: The high-profile court battle ensues in the backdrop of the U.S. women's soccer team's quest to win a fifth Olympic gold medal. The U.S. team beat the Netherlands in a penalty kick shootout on Friday.

Go deeper: U.S. women's soccer team beats Netherlands, moves on to Olympic semifinals

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Bears tackled by COVID-19 outbreak

Caption: Head coach Matt Nagy stands on the sidelines during a game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Photo: Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Bears head coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be away from the team until clearing protocols, the organization announced yesterday.

Why it matters: Nagy becomes the seventh Bears coach or player to enter COVID protocol over the last two weeks. If the Bears cannot field a team for their game on Sunday, they may have to forfeit.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
38 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 hours ago - Health

Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.