Glenside’s Maddy Evans recently retired from pro soccer citing the low salaries for players who are not in the national star team as a key factor, writes Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.
Evans, who honed her soccer skills at Abington High and Penn State, retired last week after a five-year career among the nation’s best.
According to the twenty-six-year-old, she was not able to earn enough money playing to sustain a living. Her salary for the current season with the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League was just $16,000. In previous seasons with the Pride and the Boston Breakers, she received half of that or less, as players only get paid for the months when they are competing.
This is far lower than the salaries for the global stars she was playing against. However, she noted that somehow she had made it work for the last five years, even with the even smaller amounts she was receiving at the start.
“I’m thankful that I was able to be paid, albeit not a huge amount, to do what I love, I’m very thankful for that, but it is difficult.”
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