By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
The U.S. women’s national team’s efforts to secure equitable pay finally came to fruition this week when the players reached a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer that gives them the same pay as their male counterparts. The milestone wasn’t achieved just because the women filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2019 or filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016. It was decades in the making. Past players led the charge by advocating for better pay and equitable treatment.