Megan Rapinoe only has one outcome in mind.
USWNT members' bid for equal pay reached an impasse during mediation with the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday, but the team's star insists she's still hopeful that the two sides will eventually reach a suitable agreement.
"They're the only employer that we could have playing for the national team, we're the only employees that they could have, so for better or for worse we're tethered together," Rapinoe said Thursday on "Good Morning America," per ABC's Mark Osborne and Katie Kindelan. "I think that if and when and ever they are willing to have a conversation about equal pay that starts there and goes forward, we're always open to that."
She added: "We won’t accept anything less than equal pay. We show up for a game, if we win the game if we lose the game if we tie the game, we want to be paid equally, period."
Rapinoe's teammate Christen Press said on NBC's "Today" that the group was hopeful heading into mediation but claimed the USSF hasn't been taking talks seriously.
"We were very hopeful in our discussions with them that they were going to take our proposals and our positions seriously, which is simply that every game that we play, we get compensated the same way a man would for playing or winning that game," Press said, according to ESPN's Graham Hays. "And it broke down right there."
The World Cup winners filed a lawsuit against the USSF in March, with members asserting they've been subjected to years of "institutionalized gender discrimination."
Although both sides had hoped to avoid going to court, the outcome of Wednesday's meeting could result in a jury trial, which Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, said the group "eagerly looks forward to."