Dizzy Dean, the talented and entertaining baseball pitcher, once made a wise observation: “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” That sums up the U.S. women’s soccer team’s march to its second straight World Cup title on Sunday.

The team came into the tournament with a giant chip on its shoulder, owing to its discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The women claim they are paid far less than the men in spite of better performance, and that the women’s team actually turns a profit while the men’s team loses money.

Sunday’s 2-0 championship victory over the Netherlands bolstered the plaintiffs’ case. Those who run the soccer federation may have been the only people in America rooting against the women’s team, but they’d better get ready to open the federation’s checkbooks.

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