Many National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) players have stated that they are happy that the end of the season is arriving so they can finally leave the league and make some real money.
The Nutmeg News spoke with some players on the condition of anonymity and this is what they had to say, "I mean, we all like playing for 7,000 a year and living with host families and relying on the team to provide everything since we don't have enough money to even afford a simple apartment, but I'm happy that the season is over so that I can start working at the grocery store bagging groceries and make a real income for a few months. The truth of the matter is that I have to work my ass off during the off season in order to save up enough money to keep my soccer career going."
Another anonymous player said the following, "I don't have any savings, and in another week I won't have any health insurance or coverage from the team. So I don't really know what to do. I mean, I'm glad that I can get a job at McDonalds that pays me more than what I was making to play 'professional' soccer but I've broke up with my girlfriend since I'll likely be traded in the off season and I don't want to try to sustain a relationship when I have no money, no way to afford an apartment and no chance of staying in the city that in which I'm currently playing. I am just going to move back in with my parents, again.... for the third time."
Another player stated, "I suppose it is great that the USWNT players are all making over 300k, because at 29 years old I am losing that dream of having the chance of actually getting called up to make that big pay day. At this point, I'm just getting tired of grinding every day for absolutely nothing. We had to play every single game they were gone and they come back and don't want to play because they are tired? I'm just tired of not being able to afford peanut butter. I'm probably just going to try to get a club overseas and if that doesn't happen I'm retiring. I can coach soccer at a high school and make more money than this."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as it continues.