WASHINGTON — She paused to maintain her composure as she spoke. She recalled the attacks, and how her reports of them were handled. The despair, she said, almost made her leave the military.

The biggest battle for members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team this year may not be on the pitch during this summer’s World Cup, but in the courtroom. A federal lawsuit by 28 members of the team alleging gender discrimination by U.S. Soccer is the latest dispute over pay for the USWNT.

And this time, the women stand a good chance to win because of their recent performance on the field — and how much better they’ve been than the men’s team.

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