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Soccer Players Have to Turn to Amway to Pay the Bills


joannalohman.ashxWe’re all well-versed in the inequities between men’s and women’s sports, here’s another fun example. In the European soccer leagues men get transferred for many millions of Euros, just this past June Brazilian superstar Kaka and his silly moniker were transferred for €57.5 million. In the US, the struggling Women’s Professional Soccer League has seen several of her players, including some of the biggest names, such as fellow Brazilian Marta Vieira da Silva turning to Amway to supplement their incomes.

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Three Washington (DC) Freedom players have also signed up with the household products company thanks to their pittance-like salaries of $25,000 – $40,000. Considering Amway likes to promise 6-figure salaries to dedicated and successful sellers, that’s quite the upgrade. The Freedom players are also hopeful they can solicit their teammates to sign up too.

It’s a sad state of affairs for professional athletes when you’re working full-time as a commercial real estate broker, as Freedom midfielder Joanna Lohman (left)does, plus her “part-time” gig, playing for the Freedom which takes 3-5 hours a day, 6 days a week and you aren’t able to make ends meet.


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